If you are willing to take a short road trip, it won’t take long to cool off in the refreshing, spring-fed waters of Cypress Creek at Blue Hole in Wimberley. The City of Wimberley runs this swimming hole and the 126-acre regional park around it, which includes trails, picnic areas, a playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court and an amphitheatre. Although Blue Hole was closed briefly after the 2015 Memorial Day Flood, it has since re-opened and received very little damage. Click here for a map. If the name sounds familiar, I should also note that there is another swimming hole in Georgetown called Blue Hole.
One thing that makes Blue Hole so special is that the swimming area is lined with mature cypress trees, so it’s nice and shady.
It’s also relatively shallow and has a ladder to get in, so you don’t have to worry about slipping over rocks or super-deep water. It still might be a good idea to bring water shoes, since the river bottom is rocky.
One of the main attractions at Blue Hole are the two rope swings: one for kids and one for adults. Because nothing says summer in Texas quite like the adrenaline rush of entering the water with a splash.
Many families make a day of it, and bring along a picnic lunch and a football to toss around. Toward the back edge of the swimming area are nice limestone picnic tables, although of course they are taken early in the day and most visitors set up camp in the grassy lawn, which is not shady.
It is a little walk down to the water on a natural stone walkway (and the restrooms are on top, near the swimming area entrance), so plan accordingly.
Here are some other things you should know before you go:
- Season passes and 10-punch passes are available. 2015 admission is as follows:
- free for children 3 and under;
- $5 for ages 4-12, and 60+ and service members/veterans; and
- $9 for ages 13-59.
- When you enter and purchase your day pass, you receive a wristband which allows you to come and go throughout the day. If you don’t feel like bringing lunch with you, you can always head to downtown Wimberley and eat at one of the restaurants there.
- The swimming area itself is not huge, and once it hits capacity, Blue Hole is closed for at least two hours and no entry is allowed. If this happens, most likely during the summer months, the re-opening time will be posted on entrance signage. If you want to be safe, plan to arrive early.
- The Park may also close due to inclement weather or special events. Call the park information line at 512-660-9111, which is updated by 9am each morning, for updates and other information.
- Ice chests, camp chairs, 12’x12′ pop-up shade tents, floats and inner tubs are allowed.
- Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
- Pets (except for service animals) are not allowed.
- There is no alcohol, glass containers, BBQ grills, fishing nor smoking in the swimming area. BBQ pits are located in other areas of the park.
Any other tips about heading to Blue Hole, from those of you who love going there?