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All Wet!: Blue Hole, Wimberley

Written by Melissa Gaskill.

Blue Hole in Wimberley. (Photo by Will van Overbeek)This tranquil pool on Cypress Creek first opened to the public in the 1920s. For several decades, it belonged to a private group, which limited access. Now it’s publicly owned, and anyone can make the short stroll from the Wimberley town square and enjoy this jewel of a swimming hole.

Huge cypress trees lean over the clear, blue-tinted water, which issues an irresistible siren call on hot days. Native grasses and other plants line the shore and adorn the park, 126 acres of natural beauty restored with support from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Hays County, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Trust for Public Land, and many individuals. Warm up after a swim with a hike along the nature trail. Other improvements include elaborate iron entrance gates, wide rock pathways from the parking lot, and natural stone picnic tables along the bluff. On summer days, Blue Hole becomes a beehive of activity, with little kids in floats, bigger ones leaping from rope swings into the water, and sunbathers of every age lounging in the grass. No one wants to leave until the sun goes down, if then.

Blue Hole Regional Park is just east of the Wimberley square, off Old Kyle Rd. on Blue Hole Ln., 512/660-9111; www.visitwimberley.com/articles/blueHole.shtml or www.friendsofbluehole.org. Blue Hole opens early May into Sep. (call for days, hours, and admission fees). No lifeguard. The park is open year-round, no charge.

Read more: All Wet! Soothe Summer's Swelter in a Texas Swimming Hole

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