Blue Hole Regional Park
Blue Hole Regional Park Mission
To protect, restore and develop Blue Hole Regional Park as a recreational, educational, and ecological resource for present and future generations.
Blue Hole Regional Park is open every day from 8 am to sunset. Admission is completely free. Swimming at Blue Hole is closed until May 2023. Access to the area is open for visiting. Other recreational amenities include 4 miles of hiking trails, bike paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, and more. Please see additional tabs below for more information.
Address & Map
333 Blue Hole Lane
Wimberley, TX 78676
Blue Hole Regional Park is open from 8 a.m. to Sunset every day of the week.
Contact & Location
- Park Phone: 512-660-9111
- Park Email: Parks and Recreation email
The information line has a recording with park information. If you are in need of additional information not listed in the recording, please leave a message and a staff member will return your call as soon as possible.
The Blue Hole Swim Area (3 acres) is open for swimming starting every day in May until Labor Day, and weekends in September - fees apply.
BLUE HOLE SWIM SEASON INFORMATION
Blue Hole Regional Park is a natural, spring-fed swimming hole lined with the iconic Cypress Trees located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The whole family will enjoy swimming in crystal clear water, sunbathing on the grassy swim lawn, and of course, swinging on our famous rope swings!
Reservations are required for the swim area only. All other recreational areas including our hiking trails, playground, and picnic areas are free, open to the public, and do not require reservations.
Jacob’s Well is the primary spring source of water into Cypress Creek. However, Cypress Creek has many seeps and springs in the creek bed. Because of this, the Blue Hole swimming area may remain open even if Jacob’s Well is closed. The threat of high bacteria levels, other pollutants, and poor visibility conditions are unsafe for swimming. These threats are beyond our control and individuals making a reservation understand that the swimming area may be closed if these threats are present. We will monitor those conditions daily and update information on our website and social media pages.
Reservations for day passes open March 1st.
Reservations for season passes open March 1st for Wimberley Residents and April 1st for Non-Residents.
- Blue Hole does not close for rain.
- If lightning comes within a 10-mile radius, the swimming area will be evacuated and closed for 30 minutes. If the swimming area is closed for 2 hours or more during your reservation, day pass holders will receive a full refund.
- Please be advised the entire park, including the swim area, is subject to closure during severe weather and for special events approved in advance by the City of Wimberley.
- Jacob’s Well is the primary spring source of water into Cypress Creek. However, Cypress Creek has many seeps and springs in the creek bed. Because of this, the Blue Hole swimming area may remain open even if Jacob’s Well is closed.
- Swimming access at Blue Hole is contingent on precipitation and groundwater flow. If bacteria and/or visibility conditions become unsafe, swimming will be suspended.
- We will monitor those conditions daily and update information on our website and social media pages.
The swimming area is an ecologically sensitive area. Please keep the following rules in mind before making a reservation.
- Pets (of any nature) are not allowed in the swim lawn area. They are allowed in all other areas of the park.
- Tree jumping/climbing will not be tolerated. Passes will be revoked for this infraction.
- Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the swim area.
- No stakes will be allowed to be inserted into the ground in the swim area.
- No glass containers or alcohol.
- No BBQ grills.
- No smoking or vaping.
- No fishing.
- No kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or extra-large inflatables.
- Swim at your own risk.
Ice chests with picnic lunches, camp chairs, 12 by 12 feet or smaller pop-up shade tents, floats, and inner tubes are permitted in Blue Hole.
Development & Amenities
In 2005, the City of Wimberley embarked on a mission to save the Blue Hole from the threat of residential development. After an unprecedented fundraising effort, the land was purchased by the City for use as a community park. The City of Wimberley has since developed the 126-acre park for the enjoyment of residents, visitors, and future generations. It includes much needed recreational facilities for our growing community and showcases a true gem in the Texas Hill Country.
The park includes:
- Approximately 4.5 miles of trails
- Picnic areas
- A community pavilion
- Basketball court
- Sand volleyball court
- The Blue Hole Swimming Area
The entire park is open to visitors within the regular operating hours, however, swimming is only allowed during the designated swimming season.
The park balances the needs of the community while preserving and restoring the historic Blue Hole and surrounding ecosystems. The City hired Design Workshop to design the park that was originally envisioned in the Blue Hole Regional Park Master Plan (PDF) led by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 2006.
Awards & Honors
- Blue Hole Regional Park was awarded Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice 2021. Reviews from millions of travelers' place Blue Hole Regional Park in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.
- Our famous natural swimming area, Blue Hole Regional Park, has been featured in many publications, films, television series, and commercials.
- In August 2008 Blue Hole was named the second-best swimming hole in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine.
- In 2010, Travel Leisure magazine named Blue Hole as one of the top 12 best swimming holes in the nation.
- The American Society of Landscape Architects presented Blue Hole regional Park with the Honor Award for the Texas Chapter in 2011 in recognition for outstanding professional achievement.
- The Texas Municipal League (TML) has presented the City of Wimberley with the 2012 Municipal Excellence Award for Public Works for cities of less than 25,000 population. The award recognizes the City for the unique design and development of the Blue Hole Regional Park.
- In 2014, Jane Allison was awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Employee Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society.
- The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (S.O.R.P) presented Blue Hole Regional Park with the 2015 Project Excellence Award: "In recognition of the collaborative efforts to preserve the pristine waters, lime-stone bluffs, and towering age-old Cypress trees of Wimberley's historic spring-fed Blue Hole and creation of Blue Hole Regional Park." Project partners include Design Workshop, Inc. and the City of Wimberley, Texas.
- In 2016, our Blue Hole Nature Camp program received the Lone Star Recreation Programming Achievement Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.
- USA Today named Blue Hole Regional Park as one of the top 10 swimming holes in the nation in 2018.
- In 2018, Blue Hole received recognition as the Austin Green Awards; Project of the Year.