June 24, 2022

26 beautiful Texas swimming holes, pools and lakes in driving distance of San Antonio

There's nothing better on a scorching Texas summer day than a refreshing swim. If the neighborhood pool isn't doing it for you, though, the state offers other great ways to spend a day on the water — from swimming holes and lakes to picturesque spring-fed pools.

We rounded up beautiful swimming spots from across the Lone Star State, focusing on places near San Antonio and road-trip worthy destinations. Hell, we even threw in one place where you can swim nude!
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Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111, cityofwimberley.com    
Minutes from downtown Wimberley, Blue Hole makes for a refreshing stop during a day trip to the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Photo via Instagram / blueholeregionalpark
Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111, cityofwimberley.com
Minutes from downtown Wimberley, Blue Hole makes for a refreshing stop during a day trip to the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Photo via Instagram / blueholeregionalpark
Barton Springs
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin, (512) 974-6300, austintexas.gov
Nestled in central Austin’s Zilker Park, Barton Springs’ 68-70 degree spring water makes for a great stop to cool off during a day of exploring the city. The 3-acre pool also serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.
Photo via Instagram / behewitt
Barton Springs
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin, (512) 974-6300, austintexas.gov
Nestled in central Austin’s Zilker Park, Barton Springs’ 68-70 degree spring water makes for a great stop to cool off during a day of exploring the city. The 3-acre pool also serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.
Photo via Instagram / behewitt
Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, (512) 854-7275, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Located in the basin area of Lake Travis approximately half an hour from downtown Austin, Hippie Hollow is a hidden gem. What makes it particularly special — and not for everyone — is that it's the only clothing optional public park in Texas. That's right: you can swim in the buff here. Because of this, entry to the park is restricted to visitors 18 and older. 
Photo via Instagram / thephilth
Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, (512) 854-7275, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Located in the basin area of Lake Travis approximately half an hour from downtown Austin, Hippie Hollow is a hidden gem. What makes it particularly special — and not for everyone — is that it's the only clothing optional public park in Texas. That's right: you can swim in the buff here. Because of this, entry to the park is restricted to visitors 18 and older.
Photo via Instagram / thephilth
Devil’s Waterhole
3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, (512) 793-2223, tpwd.texas.gov
Part of Inks Lake, the sparkling blue waters and colorful rocks of the Devil’s Waterhole are the perfect backdrop for breathtaking Texas sunsets. Time your visit just right with when the Valley Spring Creek is running and you’ll be able to explore the scenic waterfalls upstream.
Photo via Instagram / estrella_laloba
Devil’s Waterhole
3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, (512) 793-2223, tpwd.texas.gov
Part of Inks Lake, the sparkling blue waters and colorful rocks of the Devil’s Waterhole are the perfect backdrop for breathtaking Texas sunsets. Time your visit just right with when the Valley Spring Creek is running and you’ll be able to explore the scenic waterfalls upstream.
Photo via Instagram / estrella_laloba
Balmorhea State Park
9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, (432) 375-2370, tpwd.texas.gov
Located in the West Texas town of Toyahvale, Balmorhea State Park's legendary swimming pool is worthy of the lengthy drive to get there. Fed by Solomon Springs, the park's pool stays 72 to 76 degrees year round. Visitors can swim, snorkel and even scuba dive in the 1.3 acre pool, which reaches depths of up to 25 feet. 
Photo via Instagram / sarap512
Balmorhea State Park
9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, (432) 375-2370, tpwd.texas.gov
Located in the West Texas town of Toyahvale, Balmorhea State Park's legendary swimming pool is worthy of the lengthy drive to get there. Fed by Solomon Springs, the park's pool stays 72 to 76 degrees year round. Visitors can swim, snorkel and even scuba dive in the 1.3 acre pool, which reaches depths of up to 25 feet.
Photo via Instagram / sarap512
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, (512) 243-1643, tpwd.texas.gov
Located in South Austin, McKinney Falls State Park offers plenty of outdoor fun, but visitors flock to the park in the summer to swim. The Upper Falls swimming hole is particularly popular for its deeper water and picturesque limestone formations.
Photo via Instagram / scottmoyer99
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, (512) 243-1643, tpwd.texas.gov
Located in South Austin, McKinney Falls State Park offers plenty of outdoor fun, but visitors flock to the park in the summer to swim. The Upper Falls swimming hole is particularly popular for its deeper water and picturesque limestone formations.
Photo via Instagram / scottmoyer99
San Pedro Springs Park Pool
2200 N. Flores St., (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
Looking to spend a day in the poolside shade at a history-filled park smack-dab in the middle of San Antonio? Look no further than San Pedro Springs Park Pool. The 46-acre park dates back to the eighteenth century, making it the second-oldest public park in the country, behind the Boston Commons. The spring-fed pool was built as a part of the park’s overall renovation in 1915-20, replacing what was once a lake bed.
Photo via Instagram / brandik1970
San Pedro Springs Park Pool
2200 N. Flores St., (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
Looking to spend a day in the poolside shade at a history-filled park smack-dab in the middle of San Antonio? Look no further than San Pedro Springs Park Pool. The 46-acre park dates back to the eighteenth century, making it the second-oldest public park in the country, behind the Boston Commons. The spring-fed pool was built as a part of the park’s overall renovation in 1915-20, replacing what was once a lake bed.
Photo via Instagram / brandik1970
Krause Springs
404 Krause Springs Rd, Spicewood, (401) 236-7554, krausesprings.net
Thirty-two springs, a natural pool and a spring-fed man-made pool are scattered throughout the 115-acre property, ensuring endless relaxation.
Photo via Instagram / krausesprings
Krause Springs
404 Krause Springs Rd, Spicewood, (401) 236-7554, krausesprings.net
Thirty-two springs, a natural pool and a spring-fed man-made pool are scattered throughout the 115-acre property, ensuring endless relaxation.
Photo via Instagram / krausesprings
Jacob’s Well
1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, (512) 214-4593, co.hays.tx.us
Secluded and small, the crystal clear waters of Jacob's Well makes for a serene swimming experience. Reservations are required to swim and recommended to be made a few weeks in advance.
Photo via Instagram / carlabossephotography
Jacob’s Well
1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, (512) 214-4593, co.hays.tx.us
Secluded and small, the crystal clear waters of Jacob's Well makes for a serene swimming experience. Reservations are required to swim and recommended to be made a few weeks in advance.
Photo via Instagram / carlabossephotography
Deep Eddy
401 Deep Eddy Ave, Austin, (512) 472-8546, austintexas.gov
Austin's Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. Capacity is limited, so get there early to beat the crowds.
Photo via Instagram / sundork
Deep Eddy
401 Deep Eddy Ave, Austin, (512) 472-8546, austintexas.gov
Austin's Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. Capacity is limited, so get there early to beat the crowds.
Photo via Instagram / sundork