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Take a dip in the best Texas swimming holes

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There's not a better way to beat the Texas heat than to take a dip in one of the many swimming holes located around the state. While the largest concentration of natural swimming spots are found around the Hill Country area, there are still hundreds of places around Texas where you can cool off in a refreshing body of water. So grab your swimming garb and head out to these epic spots while the weather outdoors is still blazing hot.

North Texas

Burger’s Lake–Fort Worth
www.burgerslake.com

From Mother's Day through Labor Day, crowds flock to this 1950’s gem for a cool dip in the 69-degree spring fed lake. The 30-acre tree-filled park features beaches, diving boards, a 20-foot slide and a 25-foot trapeze that swings over the water.

Possum Kingdom Lake–Caddo
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/possum-kingdom

The clear blue waters of this 20,000 acre lake attracts boaters, scuba divers and swimmers alike. The park offers a shallow roped-off swimming beach or the more adventurous can dive in from the rocky shoreline of the campsites

Hillbilly Haven Campground–Millsap
www.tubingthebrazos.com

At this campground you can take a soak, relax on a sandy beach, or float down the Brazos River on tubes and canoes that can be rented at the site. There's also transportation available to take you back when you're finished.

East Texas

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area–Ratcliff
www.forestcamping.com/dow/southern/davycmp.htm

This stunning 45-acre lake located inside the Davy Crockett National Forest offers a great roped-off swimming area. Additionally, paddle boats, canoes, and inner tubes are available to rent at the concessions stand on site.

Lake Tejas–Colmesneil
www.laketejas.net

This little gem tucked among the East Texas' pineywoods offers a nice beach area, as well as a 50ft. slip and slide that dives into the spring fed water.

Salmon Lake Park–Grapeland
www.salmonlakepark.com

This park features everything from festivals and entertainment to a beautiful swimming lake with a sand bottom, plenty of sand beaches, piers and diving boards.
There's also tents and cabins for those wishing to stay a while.

Artesian Springs Resort–Newton
www.artesianspringsresort.com

Situated on 100 beautiful acres in the Piney Woods, this resort offers a variety of activities ranging from camping and paintball to fishing and hiking. There's also a 2 acre natural swimming hole and beach for splashing away the day.

Camp Tonkawa Springs–Garrison
www.camptonkawa.com

Located deep in the piney woods near Nacodogches, this clear spring fed pond stays a cool 68-degrees year round.

Tyler State Park–Tyler
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/tyler

This park features a 64-acre spring-fed lake set among towering pines. The park offers plenty of recreational activities, including no-wake boating, fishing, mountain bike trails, and camping. There is also a store in the park that rents canoes, paddleboats, kayaks, bike boats and johnboats.

Lake Raven–Huntsville
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/huntsville

Situated in the thick pine forests of Huntsville State Park, is a beautiful 210-acre lake that is primarily used for fishing, but there's a roped off area that provides a great spot for swimming as well. Additionally, the park offers everything from canoe, kayak or paddle boat rentals to horseback riding.

Hill Country/Central Texas

Blue Hole–Georgetown
www.parks.georgetown.org

Surrounded by limestone bluffs and resting along the South San Gabriel River, this scenic lagoon is a wonderful place to swim, as well as catch trout.

Landa Park–New Braunfels
www.nbtexas.org

Fed by the Edwards Aquifer, the Comal Springs system consists of over 7 major springs making it the largest concentration of fresh water springs in the southwest. The crystal clear springs stay at a comfortable 72-degrees and can best be enjoyed in the natural pool at Landa Park.

Barton Springs–Austin
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

Year round mild weather and natural beauty make Barton Springs a hot spot to cool down, even Robert Redford thought so when he swam here. Located in Zilker Park, this popular 900-ft long spring fed swimming hole averages 68 degrees throughout the year. Swim, snorkel, hike, canoe, ride the mini train or just hangout and watch all the interesting characters around you.

Hamilton Pool Preserve–Dripping Springs
www.parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hamilton-pool

This majestic jewel situated in a 232-acre natural habitat is arguably the most beautiful place in the state. Formed by centuries of erosion from falling water and the pooling of a tributary of the Pedernales River, Hamilton Pool offers visitors cool teal colored water, cascading waterfalls and plenty of luscious scenery to take in while they make the 1/4 mile to the grotto.

Blue Hole–Wimberley
www.friendsofbluehole.org

Fed by the natural springs of Cypress Creek and set in a picturesque landscape filled with Cypress trees strung with Spanish moss, this swimming hole features rope swings, jumping platforms and a perfect spot for an afternoon of lazy floating.

Jacob's Well–Wimberley
www.co.hays.tx.us

Just north of the Wimberley, is a gorgeous watering hole stuck out in the middle of nowhere featuring pristine waters flowing from an artesian spring that stays a constant 68 degrees throughout the year. Plenty of ledges surrounding the pool offer jumpers a quick way to get soaked. It's worth a short visit after spending the day at the Blue Hole.

Krause Springs–Spicewood
www.krausesprings.net

This spectacular oasis situated on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek, has 32 springs on the property, two of which feed the manmade pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. The waters stay at about 70-degrees year round and features huge cypress trees, waterfalls, caves, rope swings and cliffs for the daring to jump off of. The private park is also open to camping.

Spicewood Springs–Colorado Bend State Park
www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend

This state park, located in Bend near Lampasas— is home to Gorman Falls, a stunning 65 foot waterfall. While you can't swim in Gorman Falls itself, the nearby Spice Wood Springs Trail offers several smaller waterfalls and natural spring fed creeks that are perfect for a refreshing dip.

Schumacher Crossing & Hunt Crossing–Hunt
www.texashillcountry.com/cities/hunt-texas

The Guadalupe River running through West Kerr County attracts visitors to several prime swimming spots, including these two. Schumacher Crossing offers stunning views and waterfalls and Hunt Crossing, located less than a mile from Schumacher’s, features an awesome rope swing.

Brink’s Crossing–Center Point
www.hillcountryoutdoorguide.com/location/brinks-crossing/

Located near Kerville off Hwy 173 East, this Guadalupe River swimming hole offers shady trees, a sandy beach and rock ledges perfect for soaking up the rays.

Blanco State Park–Blanco
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/blanco

This state park, located an hour north of San Antonio, features several areas around the dam for swimming the spring fed waters of the Blanco River.

Utopia City Park–Utopia
www.utopiatexas.com

The Sabinal River running through this park makes a pleasurable place to cool off. The swimming spot features a nice rope swing under a canopy of cypress trees.

West Texas

San Solomon Springs– Balmorhea State Park
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/balmorhea

Located near Odessa in Toyahvale, this gorgeous state park features the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool that covers 1.75 acres. The cool and clear waters attract scuba divers and swimmers from all over. You can camp here or stay in the San Solomon Springs Courts located inside the park grounds.

Concho River–Christoval, Texas
www.christovaltx.com/river.htm

The South Concho River that runs through Pugh Park is a popular swimming hole that features several rope swings attached to towering oak trees that surround the shoreline.

South Texas

Malaquite Beach/Padre Island National Seashore–Corpus Cristie
www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm

Not to be confused with South Padre—this beach is located on the North Shore and is a state park. Here you'll find one of the most beautiful beaches and ecological areas in Texas, offering 70-miles of white sand, scenic dunes and crystal clear water.

Quintana Beach County Park–Quintana
www.brazoria-county.com/parks/quintana

You won't find any crowds at this hidden gem, but what you will find is a 51-acre park featuring a beautiful beach with camping facilities and cabins.

Surfside Beach–Surfside
www.visitsurfsidetx.com

Located thirty-miles west of Galveston, Surfside offers miles of unspoiled shoreline that’s perfect taking a dip in the ocean, as well as for fishing and for bird-watching.

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