Drop into a lush lagoon in this beautiful wooded park, also near Wimberley
It’s unclear why they call it Blue Hole: the water here is crystal clear and, from a distance, actually looks a little green thanks to a lush, grassy creek bottom. Huge, ancient Cypress trees line both banks of this public stretch of Cypress Creek, offering both shade and scenery. Blue Hole is not just an amazing park, but a testament to the townspeople of Wimberley: in 2005, townspeople got together to save the dilapidated but beloved piece of privately owned land from almost becoming a massive subdivision.
Thanks to one hell of a Master Plan from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a few million dollars worth of improvements, the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional Park now includes 4.5 miles of trails, picnic areas, a basketball and sand volleyball court, amphitheater, pavilion, and playscape. And then there’s the swimming hole itself. Sprawling lawns sport picnicking families and sunbathing teenagers. High-pitched squeals drift through the air as children take turns jumping in, with the brave ones taking turns catapulting themselves into 8 feet of cold water from one of two rope swings. On a hot summer day, this is just about the most relaxing place within a hundred miles in any direction.
Know before you go: The park is open year-round from 8am to dusk, but the swimming hole only operates from May 1st to the end of September, from 9am to 6pm daily. Reservations are required to swim! Time slots are either for the morning (9am to 1pm) or afternoon (2pm to 6pm), and morning slots will always be less crowded. Daily admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, military, and kids under 12. Since it fills up fast, you’ll be wise to plan your day around being here when the park opens. No alcohol, glass containers, or smoking is allowed anywhere in the park. Pets are not allowed in the swimming hole.
Where to eat/drink: You’d be smart to get here early and bring a picnic. At the very least, bring some snacks and then head into Wimberley for lunch once you’re all swimmed out. See the Jacob’s Well recommendations for the best dining locales in downtown Wimberley. Once you’ve had a few, buy yourself that perfect pair of vintage cowboy boots you’ve been dreaming about at Wall Street Western next to Ino’z.