As the summer temperatures rise, a refreshing dip into cool water sounds better and better! Well, look no further. Austin and the surrounding areas are filled to the brim with popular swim areas to play or relax.
In fact, when we went looking for our top picks, we soon discovered over 50 destinations within the Austin area to choose from! The amount of options is stunning and the quality is remarkable.
Since Central Texas continues to suffer from a drought, we decided that you would be most interested in the swimming holes that are off of Lake Austin because of the constant level lake. The water may be colder than most swimming holes, but the 1,830-acre Lower Colorado River Authority lake that meanders 20 miles up the Colorado River from Austin and Tom Miller Dam will definitely cool you off on a hot day. The most popular areas include:
Selma Hughes Park is at the end of Quinlan Park Road off of Highway 620. It is a small neighborhood park with 400 feet of shoreline. This quaint area is very pretty and has plenty of shade trees.
City Park (Metropolitan Park or Emma Long Park) is off of FM2222 on City Park Road just west of Loop 360. This park is very busy during the summer but has three miles of shoreline. Features include camping, restrooms, showers, a playground, hike and bike trails, and boat ramp.
Westlake Beach is off of West Lake Drive and is privately owned. The park has a shaded picnic area, marina, concession stand, diving platform, playground, showers, and beach and water volleyball.
Bull Creek District Park is a 48 acre park located on Lakewood Drive off of FM2222. There is access to the creek from a hike and bike trail that follows much of its winding course.
In addition to Lake Austin, Barton Springs is part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone and also offers Austin residents and visitors many options for a refreshing swim on those hot summer days. There are several places to jump into the cool water, but here are the most popular.
Barton Springs Pool is located in Zilker Park and is spring-fed water with a consistent 68 degrees temperature year-round. The pool area features showers, restrooms, a snack bar, playground, picnic tables, and canoe rentals are available.
Campbell’s Hole is approximately a mile upstream from Barton Springs Pool on the Barton Creek Greenbelt and accessible from Spyglass Road. It is a deep pool that has water most of the year and small rapids upstream when the creek is running.
Gus Fruth Park can be reached by a steep climb from Barton Hills Drive or a long hike through the greenbelt’s hike/bike trails. It is a gorgeous park with deep water in areas.
Twin Falls is in the Barton Creek Greenbelt and is located off of Loop 1 south of Loop 360. It features two small waterfalls that empty into a small pool.
Other popular water holes around the Austin area that we absolutely have to mention include:
- Pace Bend Park (Paleface Park)
- Volente Beach Club
- Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point
- Hippie Hollow (McGregor Park)
- Tom Hughes Park
- Mansfield Dam
- Hamilton Pool
We encourage you to visit these extraordinary places and take a break from the heat and enjoy the gorgeous Texas landscape! Many have entrance fees and are alcohol free.
If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com. It would be an honor to earn your business.