“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” That’s how the popular song goes. And if you’re living easy and living right in Texas, then you’ve found yourself sitting in a Lone-Star swimming hole staring up at the big Texas sky above. You see, the Good Lord knew Texas was going to get hot in the summertime – and that’s why he gave us so many swimming holes.
You can find spots to beat the heat in every part of our state, but here are some of my favorite Central Texas Swimming holes. Enjoy! And Dive In!
BARTON SPRINGS, AUSTIN, TX
I think the term “urban oasis” was invented specifically for this spot. It’s right in the shadow of downtown Austin and it’s 68 degree water feels perfect year round, which is the perfect temperature on a blazing summer day.
BLUE HOLE, WIMBERLEY, TX
The crystal clear water of Cypress Creek pools underneath massive trees. Throw in a couple rope swings and you’ve got one of the best swimming holes in Texas.
DEVIL’S WATERHOLE, BURNET, TX
Take the plunge off a 40 foot cliff into the waters of Inks Lake at Inks Lake State Park. Or just sit on a float and watch others do it. It’s your choice, and that’s the beauty of it.
HAMILTON POOL, DRIPPINGS SPRINGS, TX
It’s a creek, a pool, and a massive limestone grotto. It’s also one of the best “post card” shots in the Texas Hill Country.
KRAUSE SPRINGS, SPICEWOOD, TX
Here you’ll find a swimming hole with dozens of natural springs trickling down a fern-covered wall and pooling into what feels like a secret oasis in Hawaii, yet 100% Texan.
ZEDLER MILL, LULING, TX
What used to be a place to turn grain into bread, is now a place to turn a boring afternoon into an awesome day in the river. It’s the San Marcos river to be exact and it flows just south of the town of Luling where you can bask in the sunshine, or slide down the moss-covered dam.