Do you have Swimming Hole Regret? That is to say, did you have grand plans this summer to visit swimming holes across Central Texas but didn’t, and now they’re closed for the season? While you daydream these next few months about those cool waters and gorgeous natural settings, save-the-date for May 1, 2018 when Jacob’s Well reopens for its swimming season. This Wimberley location always makes the top 10 lists for Central Texas swimming holes, and for good reason; it’s absolutely magical.
This artesian spring and fully submerged cave (the second largest underwater cave in Texas) maintains a constant 68 degree temperature. If you’re looking for a thrill, take a brave leap into the keyhole-like swimming hole. The view of this underwater cave from above is quite daunting, since the water isn’t straight below you. You’ll need to jump forward and to the right to get into well’s sweet spot.
Making a reservation in advance for yourself and your party is required. In fact, since they offer only 300 swimming reservations per day, it’s recommended to reserve your swimming wristbands about 2 weeks ahead. So that you will have it when springtime arrives, bookmark this page to reserve your future swimming appointment: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/jwna.aspx.
Beyond swimming, there is bird watching and communing with nature, with so much to photograph, sketch, and enjoy with a picnic in tow. The nature area is home to so many beautiful birds, including many who may swim with you.
If you didn’t bring a picnic, for an after-swim nosh, the two nearest restaurants to Jacob’s Well are Jobell Café & Bistro and the Back Porch. Jobell offers a little more upscale menu, while Back Porch is more family-friendly, and it includes the option to swim in water directly off the restaurant’s back porch.
If you’re still in the mood for adventure after your swim and meal, you’re in a great nook of Central Texas for culinary diversion and education. Tour Dreamworks Bees, a working apiary; learn about rum distilling at Cypress Creek Reserve (and have a rum cocktail afterwards); visit Bella Vista Ranch, an olive ranch; or check out the double-decker bus and the wine at Wimberley Valley Winery. Downtown Wimberley is just 4 miles down the road and has a cluster of locally-owned shopping, dining, coffee-ing locales too.
Want help planning your visit to this and other swimming holes? Then order a copy of The Swimming Holes of Texas, “the first-ever guide to the best places to swim in Texas.” This handy reference book, published only this year, covers over 100 natural places to swim! We strive to visit them all, even if we have to wait for most of them to reopen in spring. Fortunately, on those random hot fall and winter days, our dear Barton Springs is open year round.