Blue Hole Park is a peaceful scenic park and swimming hole located at the southern fork of the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, where you can sunbathe, wade, swim, picnic, hike, fish, etc. There are such facilities as public restrooms and dedicated picnic areas. Hike and bike trails run through the picturesque park territory. If you get hungry, there are also many eating places nearby, including a restaurant with river views. Blue Hole Park is a gem among other recreational destinations in the area and many locals like to come here. However, this family-friendly and handicap accessible place rarely gets overcrowded and there is usually enough space for everybody. The area is patrolled regularly so you can feel quite safe here.
Access and Parking
Blue Hole Park is located at W. 2nd Street and Rock Street in Georgetown. There is no entrance fee. The park is open from dawn until dusk; the working hours are from 5 a. m. to 10 p. m. If you travel by car, you can make use of a free parking lot or parking garage at the corner of Rock Street and 3rd Street. Parking is limited so it’s better to come early to get a parking space in high season, on weekends and holidays.
There are nice and clean wading areas with different depths of water (shallow for kids and deeper for swimming). Nevertheless, swimming in the river is at your own risk. The authorities don’t control the water flow or make bacteria tests. There are no lifeguards on site. There are two waterfall areas you can sit under and the river is surrounded by beautiful cliffs – you’re allowed to enjoy the view but not to jump off them. The cool water is clear and enjoyable but you should be cautious and look after your children once you decide to swim in.
Blue Hole Park has a few trails for strolling, running, and biking. Many people also walk their dogs there. Plenty of families come for an all-day picnic and bring their grills, umbrellas, and chairs. Some people engage in fishing off the shore in places where there are no swimmers. The landscape is scenic and there are many good spots to take pictures, especially at sunset.
The park is dog-friendly so you’re allowed to take your dog if you have one. All dogs must be leashed. There are nice hiking trails running through the park, which are very popular with dog owners.
- 30 minutes from Austin, TX
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