Summer Begins At Blue Hole in Wimberley
An Afternoon at Blue Hole
First of all, Blue Hole isn’t blue. I’m not sure why it was ever called “Blue Hole“. The cold spring water under the huge shady Cypress trees is clear. From far away it looks greenish, but that is from the grass-covered creek bottom. Believe me, when you are swinging out from a rope swing into the 8-foot deep water and you can see the ground through the ripples of the kids splashing around you, you know it is clear.
Usually, my first dip is during the late spring after a long walk through the back trails of the Blue Hole Regional Park. One of my favorite places in Wimberley to enjoy nature and get some exercise. I will admit, I have snuck in a few times before opening to cool off after a hot walk.
When no one else is around, which is pretty rare in the summer time, Blue Hole is one of the most peaceful places you will ever find. But, even when it is full of people it has that Texas Hill Country charm. There’s not many spots left in the world where you can nap in complete safety (except maybe from being splashed) on a blanket in the sun with the sound of laughing kids taking you back to your own childhood. It’s one of the most magical spots in Wimberley.
The huge grassy lawn has shady spots for picnic blankets covered with chip crumbs and coke bottles, or sleepy toddlers as well as sunny spots for the tanning teenagers. Bright colored tubes and floaties fill up the expanse of the shady blue “hole.” Little kids squeal at the cold and watch while older siblings take turns climbing up to one of the rope swings.
This is what summer is all about. A swimming hole out in the middle of nowhere.
My advice for day trippers? Come early! There have been a ton of articles written in recent years about this wonderful little swimming hole so you definitely need to plan your day around the visit. Since Blue Hole is only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day it fills up fast! They don’t let it get overcrowded and closely monitor attendance. After it fills up, it is one in, one out. Don’t let that deter you from going, it is definitely worth the wait.
Blue Hole opens at 10am, so be there with your picnic, find the perfect spot to spread out and then enjoy your day. I promise it will be one of the best memories of your trip to town and you will join thousands of others whose memories of summer include rope swings and ice-cold, spring-fed, crystal-clear, creek water!
The hole is open to Wimberley residents only (it is our hole after all) from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
FYI, no pets allowed in the swimming hole.