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The kids are out of school, the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting progressively warmer each day. It’s officially summer! Luckily Central Texas is full of great swimming holes to help you cool off during these hot summer days. Here’s a list of many in the Austin/Round Rock area to help you choose where to spend your lazy days of summer!

Austin, TX Places to Swim

1. Barton Creek

Barton Creek is part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone and the most beautiful urban natural area in the U.S. Access points to the creek are at Zilker Park, Loop 360 east of Loop 1, Barton Skyway at Spyglass, Gus Fruth Park on Barton Hills Drive, Camp Craft Road at the end of Westbank Drive, and Loop 1 south of Loop 360. Greenbelt and parks are alcohol-free areas. There are several popular spots on the creek, but these are the most popular.

2. Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park

This gorgeous swimming hole is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Austin. The spring-fed water is a consistent 68 degrees year-round. Showers, restrooms, a snack bar, playground, picnic tables, and canoe rental are available. Fee.

3. Blanco State Park

Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres located along the Blanco River in Blanco County. The land was deeded by private owners in 1933 before the park was opened in 1934. Activities include camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, nature study, boating (electric motors only), and fishing. Tube, canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park. The park is at the corner of U.S. 281 and the Blanco River, four blocks south of the town square on the right. Entrance Fees.

4. Bull Creek District Park

Bull Creek Foundation has 32 square miles of ecologically unique terrain to tend and protect. Bull Creek watershed includes limestone seeps, springs, and waterways; scenic cliffs and waterfalls; interesting archaeological and cultural features and more. An alcohol-free park. Access to the creek is from a hike and bike trail that follows much of its winding course. The park is between FM2222 and Spicewood Springs Road along Loop 360, and the main entrance is off FM2222 at the end of Lakewood Drive.

5. Camp Ben McCulloch Park

Purchased by the United Confederate Veterans in 1904 as a reunion campground, the camp is located 22 miles from Austin near Driftwood. Take TX290 south to FM1826. It’s a beautiful, shaded park, but inconsiderate users have made litter a real problem. Camping is allowed in unmarked sites along Onion Creek. The Salt Lick Barbecue is across the road from the park entrance.

6. Campbell’s Hole

About a mile upstream from Barton Springs Pool on Barton Creek Greenbelt. Also accessible from Spyglass Road. It’s a wonderful location with a deep pool that has water most of the year and small rapids upstream when the creek is running. It used to give visitors the illusion of being lost in the country, but now the cliffs are capped with condos.

7. Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is located 6.2 miles off FM 2222 on City Park Road. The park is on the shores of Lake Austin, and consists of a total of 1,150 acres, 70 of which are developed. It’s a great place, but crowded every weekend during swimming season. The park features camping, restrooms, cold showers, a playground, hike and bike trails, and boat ramp. Three miles of winding shoreline make it a popular place for fast boats. Fee.

8. Fritz Hughes Park

Just below Mansfield Dam, take Low Water Crossing Road off FM 620 and go left at the “Y” in the road on Fritz Hughes Park Road. Fritz Hughes has a playground and nice picnic area, but not a great swimming area. If you go straight at the “Y” you get to the old low water crossing where the water is usually running pretty swift, and is more popular with fishermen than swimmers. Sunrise to civil twilight (dark). Travis County Park.

9. Gus Fruh Park

One of the best parks and swimming holes on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, it has white water around big boulders and deep pools. It’s accessible by a rough, steep climb from Barton Hills Drive or a long walk on the greenbelt hike and bike path.

10. Hamilton Pool Preserve

One of the most beautiful public parks in the county.  Acquired by Travis County in 1985, the site has been a popular spring-fed swimming hole since the early 1900s. The property was once owned by the brother of the 10th governor of Texas. The pool is in a box canyon fed by a 45-foot waterfall with a sandy beach and giant boulders. A nature trail follows Hamilton Creek about a mile to the Pedernales River. Open 9am-6pm every day, no one admitted into the park after 5:30pm (hiking trails are open year-round); admission is limited to 100 people. Water quality is carefully monitored.  From TX71 West turn left at Hamilton Pool Rd. (FM3238) and go 13 miles to the park. No glass, fishing, cooking, or pets are allowed in the park. It is best to call ahead before making the trip, 512-264-2740. Fee.

11. Lake Austin

Constant level lake with colder than usual water. The 1,830-acre Lower Colorado River Authority lake flows 20 miles up the Colorado River from Austin and Tom Miller Dam.

12. Mary Quinlan Park

Take FM620 to Quinlan Park Road. This small, moderately visited park offers 5.8 acres of rolling hills with 200 feet of shoreline access, including the only public boat ramp for several miles. Day use.

13. McKinney Falls State Park

If you live in Austin, you should visit this park at least once a year. The park has camping, hiking trails, and summer cabins for rent. From Ben White Boulevard (TX71) go east of IH-35 take Burleson Road south to McKinney Falls Parkway. Fee.

14. Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Eleven miles from TX71 at 23610 Hamilton Pool Rd. and a mile before you get to Hamilton Pool Preserve. Closed Mon. & Tues., open Wed.-Sun., 7am-dark. Beautiful private park with shallow rapids and deep pools, favored by fishermen. Fee.

15. Selma Hughes Park

Take FM620 to Quinlan Park Road below Mansfield Dam. Selma Hughes Park has restrooms and picnic tables. It’s a small park, but scenic, with a nice, sandy lake bottom and plenty of shade trees. Day use only. Travis County Park. Open sunrise to civil twilight (dark).

16. Westlake Beach

This privately owned park has a shaded picnic area, marina, concession stand, diving platform, playground, showers, and beach and water volleyball. Great place for family reunions or birthday parties. Day use only. Fee. 2509 Westlake Dr. 512-327-9004.

17. Twin Falls

Two small waterfalls empty into a small pool. It’s a better place to people watch than to swim. Accessible from the entrance off the access road of Loop 1 just south of Loop 360.

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Georgetown, TX Places to Swim

1. Lake Georgetown

On North Fork of the San Gabriel River, four miles west of I-35 at Georgetown via FM2338. The 1,310-acre lake is well-stocked with channel cat and small-mouth bass (record 5.88 lbs.). The Good Water Trail goes around the upper three-quarters of the lake. Annual passes are available from the park headquarters.

2. Cedar Breaks Park

Cedar Breaks Park sits on the south side of Georgetown Lake in the Hill Country of Texas, about 25 miles north of Austin. Boating is the most popular way to enjoy the lake, and a boat ramp is provided for guests. Cedar Breaks Park has 59 reservable campsites, and convenient amenities. Two group picnic shelters are also available, allowing for large parties, cookouts and family trips.

3. Jim Hogg Park

Jim Hogg Park sits on the north side of Georgetown Lake in the Hill Country of Texas, about 25 miles north of Austin. The park was named for former Texas Governor Jim Hogg. Visitors enjoy camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, and all nature has to share. Jim Hogg Park offers 148 campsites with water and 30amp/20 amp electrical hookups. The entrance to the park is off FM2338 west of Georgetown.

4. Russell Park

Russell Park has the best beach of the three parks on the Corps of Engineers’ lake, west of Georgetown. Day use only. It has restrooms, showers, a boat ramp, and drinking water. No pets in beach area. Fee. From FM2338, take FM3405 and then County Road 262 to park.

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Granger, TX Places to Swim

1. Lake Granger

Opened in 1981, the 4,400-acre Corps of Engineers’ lake, on the San Gabriel River north of Taylor, is primarily a fishing lake. Willis Creek Park offers camping and picnicking areas. Taylor Park has areas for camping and picnicking, as well as a hiking trail. Swimming is allowed, but not encouraged at either park.

2. Friendship Park

On the northeast end of the lake. From Granger and TX95, take FM971 east. The small day use park has picnic tables and a swimming beach.

3. Wilson H. Fox Park

On the south side of the lake. From Centerville and TX95, take FM1331 east. Fox allows camping and has fishing docks, a picnic area, and a swimming beach.

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Lake Travis, TX Places to Swim

The most popular of the Highland Lakes that stair-step up the Colorado River from Austin. The lake winds through steep, scenic hills for 65 miles with 270 miles of shoreline. At its widest point it is 4.5 miles across and 190 feet at its deepest at Mansfield Dam.  The lake is formed by Mansfield Dam on FM620. Built in 1941, the dam took 1.75 million cubic yards of concrete to build up to 266 feet tall and more than a mile long with 24 floodgates, making it one of the largest masonry structures in the world. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has eight primitive recreation areas on the upper end of Lake Travis.

When the land along the river was purchased from landowners, they quite often sold full parcels rather than small sections of river frontage. This gave the public large areas of former pasture land that has now been opened as parks.  Four of the primitive parks require daily permits per day per vehicle and can be purchased at the honor boxes at the park entrance. Annual passes may be purchased at the LCRA, 3701 Lake Austin Blvd., or through the mail. For information on the LCRA parks, go to www.lcra.org.  LCRA  day use parks are open from mid-September thru mid-April from sunrise to sunset.

1. Arkansas Bend Park

One of the most isolated and untouched parks in Travis County, this peaceful 323-acre park lies on the north shore of Lake Travis near the community of Lago Vista and combines many of the best qualities of other Lake Travis parks. The parks’ two miles of shoreline offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking and lake access via an excellent boat ramp. Several inviting, shaded picnic and camping areas are situated along a bluff above a gently sloping, rocky waterfront. Fee.

2. Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point

Located in the basin area of Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas, Bob Wentz Park is a favorite location for water sports. The park’s facilities and close proximity to Austin make it attractive for picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving. The shoreline areas (including a sandy peninsula known as “The Point”) are heavily used, while an adjacent 150-acre tract is maintained as a natural area. The park includes two sand volleyball courts, a shoreline walking path, a boat ramp, and a pavilion available for rent.

3. Camp Chautauqua

A former recreation area for Air Force personnel at Bergstrom. The entrance to Pace Bend Park is now leased to nonprofit groups by the county as a campground. It still has lots of recreation facilities, a boat ramp, fishing pier, and meeting shelters. Swimming is available from the rocky shore. Fee. 512-264-1752.

4. Camp Creek Primitive Area

This park is 600 acres off of FM1431 at the end of County Road 343 on the north side of the lake. It covers a small area, but has good swimming spots. It also has a creek running through the campground. The park features a hiking trail, boat ramp, tables, grills, and restrooms.

5. Cypress Creek Park

Located on Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas. This small, easy-to-reach park is a favorite spot for boating, picnicking, and fishing. The main body of the park has a gently sloping waterfront. The boat ramp and cove provide easy access to the popular basin area of Lake Travis and other Travis County Parks on Lake Travis. Fee.

6. Dink Pearson Park

3011 Lohmans Ford Road off of FM1431 in Lago Vista. A great place to swim, but often crowded, especially on weekends and holidays. The park has picnic tables, a boat ramp, and restrooms. Last few miles of winding road to the park offers a panoramic view of the lake, but it’s no place to be if you’ve been drinking too much or you’re in a hurry. Sunrise to civil twilight (dark). Travis County Park.

7. Gloster Bend Primitive Area

Off FM1431 at the end of Singleton Road on the north side of Lake Travis, about six miles west of Lago Vista, this LCRA recreation area is limited to daytime hours, and vehicles must stay on designated roads and parking areas. Nice swimming areas, but you have to carry everything from the parking lot to the water. Boat ramp is open 24 hours. Fee.

8. Grelle Primitive Area

A hiking trail winds around this 400-acre park. The park is on the south side of the lake. From TX71 take Spur 191 into Spicewood, make a right on County Road 412, and follow it about a mile past Krause Springs. The park has a nice, low shoreline with lots of open spaces, shaded camping spots, and restrooms. Fee.

9. Hippie Hollow (McGregor Park)

This is the only clothing-optional beach in the state. Its rock ledges are great places to sunbathe and picnic, and it has restrooms and hiking trails. Take FM620 to Comanche Trail and follow around to the park. Travis County Park. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. Day use only. Pets are not allowed. Fee.

10. Krause Springs

A beautiful private park chosen as one of the best swimming holes in Texas by Texas Monthly. Krause Springs has many natural sites to explore. There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the man-made pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. It’s a refreshing treat to swim in the Springs during the hot summers of Texas! If camping is in your plans, there is primitive tent camping as well as 24 RV sites with water and electricity available. Fee.

11. Mansfield Dam

On the south or west end of the dam off FM620 (depending on how you look at it). The water tends to be a little colder here because it is deepest near the dam. This area is popular with scuba divers. The park allows camping and has restrooms, picnic tables, drinking water, a boat ramp, and nature trails. Walk across the dam from the observation area. Travis County Park. Day use is 8am to civil twilight (dark). Boat Ramp is Sunrise to civil twilight (dark). Fee.

12. Muleshoe Bend Primitive Area

In a bend in the river that looks like a muleshoe, this is the largest of the primitive parks. From TX71, turn on Paleface Ranch Road, then take FM404, turn at FM414 (at the sign for Country Music Miniature Donkeys). The park has lots of low shoreline and shaded camping areas, but it seems like a lot of the trash in the lake washes up here. It has restrooms. Fee.

13. Narrows Primitive Area

This LCRA natural area is open for day use only on the south side of Lake Travis. Vehicles are required to stay on designated roads and parking areas. Off TX71, follow FM410/411 through Spicewood. Has a boat ramp that is open 24 hours.

14. Pace Bend Park (Paleface Park)

Located in far western Travis County in the Hill Country of central Texas. With more than nine miles of shoreline along scenic Lake Travis, Pace Bend is one of the most popular areas in the Highland Lakes region, offering visitors a wide range of recreational opportunities. The west side of the park features high, limestone cliffs and numerous rocky coves with some of the most impressive views available of Lake Travis, especially at sunset. Boating is one of the most popular activities at Pace Bend. With two boat ramps in the park, boaters rarely have to wait long to launch. Fee.

15. Sandy Creek Park

Sandy Creek Park is located on one of the quieter coves of Lake Travis, in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas. This 25-acre park is an ideal spot for swimming, nature walks, birding, camping, and fishing. Boaters and overnight campers will appreciate the park’s easy accessibility to the basin area of Lake Travis.

16. Shaffer Bend Primitive Area

Off of FM1431, on north side of the lake, take County Road 343A to the end of the road and make a hard right. The park has a scenic view of the river valley, lots of waterfront acreage with a low, gradual shoreline, and allows camping.

17. Shore Club Volente Beach

Located on the shores of Lake Travis and is the perfect getaway for children and adults alike on a hot summer day. They have pools for children and an adult only pool with a swim up tiki bar. SCVB also has their own sandy beach front and 3 volleyball courts (2 lighted, 1 not).  Although SCVB offers an upscale casual restaurant specializing in hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and a beach bar & grill with the best burgers on the lake, picnics are permitted. So load up the cooler and head on out (No alcohol, no glass & no uncooked food are permitted). They have plenty of food options for the kids as well. Boat and wave runner rentals are also available. Park Fees.

18. Tom Hughes Park

Turn off FM620 on Marshall Ford Road to Park Road, which winds to the park on the south end of Mansfield Dam. There is a steep climb to the water. Restrooms are available. Travis County Park. Day use only. Pets are not allowed. Fee.

19. Turkey Bend (East)

Primitive area with an equestrian/hiking trail that winds over 400 acres, and it has restrooms and fire rings.  At the Burnet/Travis County line on the north side of the lake off of FM1431 at the end of Shaw Drive (a beautiful drive in itself). Fee.

20. Windy Point Park

Windy Point Park is one of the top diving “hot spots” in the Central Texas area. Tent camping is primitive style, but there are restrooms & showers. Fee.

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Check individual websites and city park information to confirm details.