It might only be February, but already us Texans are thinking of all the things we'll be able to do this summer. One of which is visiting a swimming hole near Austin, known as Jacob's Well, which opens to the public Friday, May 1 but is starting to take reservations next month. It's important to reserve your spot to visit the swimming hole ahead of time, after all, that's the only way you can get in!
Jacob's Well Natural Area is famous among Austinites, and arguably, among Texans as a whole. The area is home to trails for hiking, holes for swimming, and much more.
While hiking is a terrific way to spend a summer day, most would agree the best part about visiting Jacob's Well is the swimming. There's even a spot that's 120 ft. deep that you can jump into.
It takes some serious guts, but year after year people come out to do just that. There are several ways to cool off from Texas weather and this is definitely one of the more adventurous ones.
Starting Monday, March 2, you and whoever else is up for the challenge (or just wants to swim) can make reservations for a day between May 1 and September 30 to come out and have the time of your lives.
Each reservation guarantees two hours of swimming at Jacob's Well and is only necessary if you're taking a dip in the water. If you're just there for a hike, you're exempt from reserving a spot.
They suggest making reservations several weeks in advance as thet do tend to fill up fast, which is why it's important to mark any date we've mentioned in your calendars.
Late arrival is fine, though you will still have to swim within the timeslot you've reserved.
The adult fee for swimming is $9 and can either be free or only $5 if you're a child, Hays County resident, senior, or veteran.
We can hardly wait to dip our toes in the crystal clear artesian spring that is Jacob's Well.
Jacob's Well Natural Area
Price: Free - $9
When: Friday, May 1 - Wednesday, September 30
Address: 1699 Mount Sharp Rd., Wimberley, TX
Why You Need To Go: To squash your fear of heights and cool off from the intense Texas heat.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.