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Texans love their swimming holes, due to the fact that temperatures can reach about 100 degrees fahrenheit during the summer. A dip in the water brings much-needed relief from the hot Texas air, not to mention that swimming holes are also a great way to spend the day with friends or family – and snap a few Instagram photos while you’re at it.
Tonkawa Falls is about eight feet deep, with small cliffs you can jump off of into the water. However, it’s important to monitor the water levels online before jumping into the water as they do tend to fluctuate. Above all else, Tonkawa Falls is a peaceful spot to spend the day.
Located in Inks Lake State Park is a dedicated swimming hole called Devil’s Waterhole. On the lake itself you can canoe, kayak, or camp along the lake. Devil’s Waterhole is a rock-enclosed area dedicated to swimmers. The rocks are large enough to jump off of and there are even waterfalls scattered throughout the area.
Ratcliff Lake is located in the Davy Crockett National Forest about three hours north of Houston. The lake has a roped-off swimming area that also allows canoeing and paddle boarding. Bring a picnic, or spend the night at one of the lakes camp sites.
Perfect for spending the whole day at, Krause Springs has both natural and man-made pools fed with spring water. First check out the nearby grotto and waterfall, then spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool or laying out at the beach next to the natural springs. You may even want to check out the garden at the entrance of the springs.