Swimming Holes

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The list of swimming holes we have compiled contains some of the best places in the Hill Country to seek refuge from the searing Texas heat. We have noted those locations that typically show up on the various Top Ten Lists of Swimming Holes that are published from time-to-time. Keep in mind that some of these locations also are swell spots for fishing, for wildlife viewing, or to use as a put in or take out spot for your kayak or tubing trips.


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Abbott’s Campground

This campground is located on the gorgeous Guadalupe River and it offers swimming and floating opportunities in the burrr cold river water. The water is pretty chilly here because it is coming from the bottom of the relatively deep Canyon Lake reservoir (the deep, cold waters provide suitable conditions to allow trout to inhabit this […]

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Arkansas Bend

This isolated 320-acre Travis County park has about two miles of lake frontage on the banks of Lake Travis. The park is not as heavily used as some of the other parks on the lake and it offers primitive camping (bring water), swimming, fishing and there is a shaded campground located along a bluff. There […]

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Bamberger Ranch Preserve

This is a 5,500 acre privately owned restoration project that houses a man made bat cave, hiking/nature trails, dinosaur tracks and areas for swimming and fishing. Truly an amazing commitment to restoring what had been over-grazed rangeland. Black-Capped Vireo and Golden-Cheeked Warbler nest here as well. The preserve also hosts an annual Wildflower Field Day […]

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Bandera Beverage Barn and RV Park

This combo business is located on about 5.5 acres on the Medina River. The Medina River is a sweet little stream when the water levels are up. Call before visiting to check about availability for tents and river conditions. From Bandera hop on 16 heading towards Medina and campground should be at the Bandera City […]

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Bandera City Park

  Located in downtown Bandera, this is a sweet 77-acre city park with an impoundment located on the magnificent Medina River that is ideal for swimming or floating. The park appears on some of the top ten lists of swimming holes, but you should know that this spot is best visited before it gets too […]

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Bandera Roadside Park I

Superb parking and access to the water are available at this swimming hole, but swimming conditions are of course dependent on the water levels at this crossing of the Medina River. When the water is up this can be a real good place to go for a swim to take a break from the summer […]

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Bandera Roadside Park II

There is a tee-tiny picnic area with just a bit of parking at this nice little spot on the Medina River. It is just downstream of the Bandera Roadside Park I and could be used for your swimming enjoyment when the water is up. Also could be used as a put in spot for a […]

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Barefoot Camp

This camp is on a privately owned ranch with miles and miles of Colorado River frontage just east of Bend off of FM 580.  With all that frontage you should be able to find some nice swimming holes and camping areas.  There is plenty of space for primitive camping (no water/no electricity).  Many times you will be […]

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Barkin Springs

This is an unofficial place to take the dog for a dip and you could go for a swim as well if you are so inclined. The sign says pets must be kept on a leash and there is no swimming, but most people disregard those ordinances. However, it does look like APD will be […]

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Barton Creek Greenbelt

Miles of trails are available for hiking and mountain biking in one of Austin’s favorite locations known by the locals as simply the greenbelt. If you are taking the bike out be sure to contact the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to get information because the trails range from relatively flat to pretty technical in […]

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