Take a short walk to the riverbed for a great way to cool off in the hot Texas sun. Enjoying this riverbed is $9 ($6 for children) per person.

Jacob's well is a 12 foot opening that goes 23 feet deep in a riverbed in central Texas and makes for an awesome spot to escape the summer heat. Once you reach the parking lot there are signs that direct you on the very shot walk to the riverbed. The underwater cave is situated below a rock face which provides the opportunity to jump into the water for those who are daring. It's important to understand the risks when jumping into such a small opening, so remember to stay safe!

Hays County has recently implemented an admission fee because the swimming hole has increased in popularity over the last few years, but it's definitely worth the small fee. Not only does it provide you with cool waters, but it harbors a unique ecosystem unlike anywhere in Texas. So whether you're from the area or just visiting the Texas Hill Country, make sure to include Jacob's Well on your list!

Afterward head over to Salt Lick BBQ in nearby Driftwood for the BEST Texas BBQ around, you won't be disappointed!

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
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Activities Chillin, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
River
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Another One If Mother Nature’s Marvels

Very cool short hike to the well. Amazing how cold the water is coming out of this spring fed well, even in the summer. Great drives and hikes all around this part of Texas hill country. Make sure to check in to advanced bookings for swimming permits. You cannot just show up and swim during the summer.

Amazing

Super clear water, nice and cold. But we couldn't swim there... We were there on 11 September 2016 the park ranger said it was to bring back in the wild life!

This place is great!

Check the water levels first as we tend to swing into droughts, but this beautiful little spot is well worth making a seasonal reservation and enjoying some rarely seen cool & clear Texas waters.


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