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Get Outside: Blue Hole Regional Park

By Kaitlyn Benacquisto
Assistant Web Content Manager

Blue Hole Regional Park is located right next door in Wimberley, Texas. It has much to offer, with 4.5 miles of hiking trails, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and it’s namesake, the Blue Hole Swimming Area.

a screenshot of the map of TX showing the location of Blue Hole Regional Park
Location of Blue Hole Regional Park. Screenshot by Kaitlyn Benacquisto via Google Maps.

The swimming area, which is the main attraction of this park, must be reserved during the summer months. You can reserve one of two time slots– 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The swimming area will be open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is open on weekends only before and after those holidays. Admission to the swimming area is $10 per adult.

directions and time from San Marcos to Blue Hole
Directions to Blue Hole from San Marcos. Screenshot by Kaitlyn Benacquisto via Google Maps.

I, unfortunately, have not had the opportunity to swim at Blue Hole yet. However, I plan to soon! The price and large time slot availability seems like a good offer, and a nice opportunity to get a out of San Marcos and switch things up.

a river surrounded by trees with people in the river and on the bank swimming and hanging out
Blue Hole Park’s namesake swimming hole. Image courtesy of Creative Commons.

I did get a chance to check out the hiking trails at Blue Hole, though, and I recommend checking them out for yourself if you ever get a chance. The trails are initially wooded, taking you into the trees, but they will quickly lead you to the exterior of the park. It is a bit odd, because on one side of you is the road, and on the other is private property for the most part, but it is still surprisingly pleasant. There is a nice view of the rolling hills, and if you don’t mind the cars, then you can walk this trail quite a way.

There is parking right next to the trailhead, and there is no fee to pay unless you will be visiting the swimming hole.

Featured image by Gabrielle Hardy.

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