Can't Miss Swimming Holes To Visit In Texas

Photo of Aubrey Cofield
9 February 2017

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.

Jacob's Well

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Jacob's Well | © Nan Palmero / Flickr
Jacob's Well | © Nan Palmero / Flickr | © Nan Palmero / Flickr
Jacob’s Well is a long-standing spring that now serves as a popular swimming spot among locals. Beneath the creek is a cave that descends for about 30 feet, then cuts off and continues for about 120 more feet. Sadly, many cave divers have lost their lives exploring the cave, but it’s thanks to them and surviving cave divers that we know the depth of the cave today. Swimming is on a reservation-only basis due to the size of the actual spring, so make your plans ahead of time and arrive early.

Tonkawa Falls

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.

Tonkawa Falls, 8540 5th St, Crawford, TX, USA

Blue Hole

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Swimmers at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, Texas
Swimmers at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, Texas | © Peter Tsai Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Blue Hole is one of the most beautiful swimming holes in Central Texas, complete with rope swings and large trees. Surrounding the water are hiking trails, clean bathrooms, and plenty of wildlife. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed each day to avoid overcrowding, so again, arrive early to ensure you can enjoy a day of swimming.

Ratcliff Lake

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.

Ratcliff Lake, TX-7, Ratcliff, TX, USA

Garner State Park

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Garner State Park
Garner State Park | © Dave Stone/Flickr
Garner State Park boasts the best of the Frio River. You can swim or tube down the river, and there are a couple of dedicated swimming areas along the way. The large cypress trees surrounding you can grow to 120 feet tall. The park is, unsurprisingly, most popular during the summer time, when you can enjoy swimming, camping, and nightly dancing.

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