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As rewarding as it is to find the perfect natural swimming hole near you, it's a lot of work. Texas is scattered with the most beautiful springs—we all know this—so where are they? Here are eight of the best ones so you don't have to get a headache over researching them.
Blue Hole Regional Park
Address: 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, TX 78676
Why you should go: Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley has some of the bluest water around—imagine that! Right outside of Austin, this 126-acre park has many amenities, but the Blue Hole swimming area is definitely the favorite.
Address: 424 County Rd 404, Spicewood, TX 78669
Why you should go: Also outside of Austin, the Krause Springs are perfect if you're looking for an Amazon-esque waterfall and swimming area. With more than 30 different springs in the area, you won't want to leave. You can even camp out here!
Boykin Springs Recreation Area
Address: Angelina National Forest, Jasper, TX 75951
Why you should go: Located in the Angelina National Forest in east Texas, you can hike around to find the best spots for swimming, camping, hammocking, picnicking, and stellar photography. There's no shortage of wildlife here, and you'll be completely immersed in the beauty of Texas nature.
Address: 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, TX, 78676.
Why you should go: Like the Blue Hole, Jacob's Well is also in Central Texas. After just a 15 minute hike, you can admire and dare to cannonball from the cliff into the 140-foot deep gaping water hole. Make sure you reserve your spot before heading out!
Address: 1880, I-35BL, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Why you should go: For the most relaxing time of your summer, you can take a 2-3 hour float through draping green trees and waterfalls. Just lean back, work on on your tan, sip some cold drinks, and watch out for that water drop in front of you!
Balmorhea State Park
Address: 9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, TX 79786
Why you should go: Here, you can find the world's largest spring-fed freshwater pool. And, ironically, this crystal clear oasis in the middle of a Texas desert. You can even scuba dive here; it goes down to 25 feet deep!
Address: 101 Park Rd 23, Blanco, TX 78606
Why you should go: You get to hike through the stunning Blanco river to find this hidden beauty. Read more about how to not trespass and get there safely here.
Well, get splashing, Texans. Our prime months to visit these springs and swimming holes are happening right now!