Blue Hole Park offers one of the best swimming spots in central Texas, which is located on the spring-fed Cypress Creek off the road in Wimberley. The water temperature is constant (about 68 °F, or 20 °C), allowing for a refreshing dip even on the hottest day. Overall, Blue Hole Park is an easy-to-get-to family-oriented destination with beautiful nature and sufficient amenities as close as about just an hour away from Austin.
Access and Parking
In high season starting from the 1st of March, the beach in Blue Hole Park operates on a reservation system with working hours separated into two time slots: from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. and from 2 p. m. to 6 p. m. If you’re planning to swim, it is highly recommended to make a reservation in advance, since the capacity of the beach is limited. Moreover, sometimes the beach is closed due to inclement weather conditions, so it’s better to call the office before your visit. Everybody who stays in the swimming area for more than 10 minutes has to pay a fee ($10 for adults and $6 for children under 12). There are also yearly passes available.
Otherwise, the park and its facilities are free to the public all year round. There is a free and spacious parking lot. Walking from the parking lot to the water is not too far and quite relaxing.
Cypress Creek is refreshingly cool even on the hottest summer day, which is a great advantage for a swimming hole in Texas. The water is crystal clear and beautiful – of a lovely blue and green shade. There are rope swings and a platform to swing off into the water, which is extremely popular with children as well as adults. The bottom is rocky, so it is recommended to wear water shoes. If you come with small kids, there is a shallow section in the water well fit for the most little ones.
There are many nice and clean restrooms with showers and changing areas throughout the park. There are also picnic tables, which require to make a reservation and pay a fee. Apart from that, you can simply have a picnic on a blanket in one of the sizeable grassy areas. For those who like more dynamic recreational activities, there are basketball and volleyball courts available.
Blue Hole Park also offers clean and beautiful hiking trails. Many people walk there with their dogs – you can also bring your pet. While walking around the park, you have good chances to spot deer, which are plentiful in the area. The park is also inhabited by various bird species and small animals such as squirrel. The views are scenic – walk, relax, and enjoy!
45 minutes from Austin, TX
1 hour from San Antonio, TX
1 hour 10 minutes from Fredericksburg, TX