Campbell’s Hole Beach

Rocky beach
1337 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
149 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

The water levels depend on the rainfall – sometimes the creek is too shallow for swimming.

Located in one of five access points on Barton Creek, Campbell’s Hole is a popular beautiful swimming spot near Austin, where you can stroll, picnic, sunbathe and swim when there’s enough water in the creek bed. A great place for outdoor enthusiasts and those who are looking for a quick and refreshing getaway from the tiring city. This place is less crowded than other popular swimming holes on Barton Creek, still, there are many locals who love to come here and do that on a regular basis. Many of them also bring their dogs.

Location And Access

There are several ways to get to Campbell’s Hole, which is located in one of five main access points along Barton Creek. One is via the Spyglass entrance of the Barton Creek Greenbelt at 1500 Spyglass Dr, Austin. Go down to the creek and turn left. After half a mile, you’ll approach a pebble beach with signs prohibiting diving.

Another way to access Campbell’s Hole is to follow the path behind Barton Hills Elementary School, take the right fork after the trailhead, and move along the creek until you see a clearing and cliffs. If you’re not sure where to go, just keep close to the creek.

Campbell’s Hole is open from early morning until dusk, but it’s better to come as early as you can since the spot is popular with locals and can get filled quickly. Entrance is free.

Dog Policies

Fortunately for dog owners, dogs are allowed at Campbell’s Hole, so you can bring your furry companion to swim and have fun together.

Swimming Conditions

Like at many other swimming holes in Texas, the water levels in the creek depend on the rainfall. Sometimes the water is just too low and sometimes it rises high enough for comfortable swimming and even cliff jumping. If you take kids, they’ll be able to play safely in the shallow areas.


There are hiking trails winding through the area, so walking around, watching wildlife, and enjoying the scenic river views is always an option once you’ve had enough of the sun and the water.

Driving Time

  • 10 minutes from Downtown Austin, TX

  • 1 hour 40 minutes from San Antonio, TX

  • 2 hours 55 minutes from Houston, TX

Hotels and rentals

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Visitor questions:

Question: Hi there Do we need a reservation for this?
Asked by Vessy over 3 years ago
Answer: No, you don't, but it’s better to come as early as possible since the spot gets filled quickly.

Campbell’s Hole Beach videos

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A picturesque drone made video of the swimming hole and its surroundings
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An amazing video about cool girls relaxing at the swimming hole

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Austin, Texas 1337 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: July 30, 2019