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Best Swimming Holes in Austin

Beat the heat with these sweet secret spots

In case you haven't noticed, it's f***ing hot outside. It's time to take off those clothes and go for a swim

The only problem is, we're tired of going to the same old, overrated places. So we've done a lot of research, scoured the internet, taken suggestions from listeners, and FINALLY we have come up with a list of good places to take a dip that aren't the usual, bro-filled, crowded, loud swimming holes.

But this isn't the end!!! We want more suggestions for places to swim.

Secret Beach

Secret Beach is located inside of Roy G. Guerrero Park. Take E. Riverside to Grove Blvd., go aaaaaaaalll the way to the end, and you will find yourself in a parking lot, facing a trail. This trail will lead you to Secret Beach. (-Do512)


McKinney Falls

McKinney Falls is a great place to swim, especially in Onion Creek. Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. The stabilized ruins of McKinney's homestead and his horse trainer's cabin are preserved in the park. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing and wildlife observation are popular activities. The only bad thing is you have to pay to get in to the park, but trust us when we say that it's worth it. (-Texas Park and Wildlife)


Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner's Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool's water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought. (-Travis Count Parks) If it becomes too full and no longer worth the wait, the swimming hole at Reimers is only a couple miles away, with no line.


Deep Eddy

Deep Eddy Pool is a historic, man-made swimming pool in Austin, Texas. Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and features a bathhouse built during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration. The pool began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin. (-Wikipedia)


Krause Springs

Krause Springs is a well-known camping & swimming site located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. It is located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin. The 115 acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years. (


San Marcos River

Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the crystal clear San Marcos River are very popular recreational activities in San Marcos. Tubing, canoeing, and kayaking are also great ways to enjoy the river, and there are several beautiful campgrounds downstream of San Marcos. (


- Awesomness of this post provided by Shawn and Nicole.

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