Who doesn’t love a nice swim in this hot weather? You don’t need a backyard pool to jump into the water in Texas. There are dozens of great Texas State Parks with swimming areas. If you’re looking for a family-fun getaway, a state park visit is affordable, fun, and full of adventure. Ready to jump in? We’ve picked five state parks that will be a hit with the whole family from all over Texas.
At McKinney Falls, Onion Creek flows into pools for swimmers to enjoy. The swimming area is surrounded by winding trails through the woods of the Texas Hill Country, where you can go geocaching after your swim. Not up for swimming? You can fish from the shore of Texas State Parks without a fishing license.
In Caprock Canyon, Lake Theo is a 120-surface-acre lake where you can swim and fish. After swimming, you can hike the 90-mile trail and marvel at the Texas State Park bison herd.
Spicewood Springs is one of the best swimming holes in all of the Texas Hill Country. It’s a spring-fed swimming hole, and the trail that leads you there will pass by other beautiful swimming areas and waterfalls. You can even rent a kayak for a leisurely trip down the Colorado River.
Lake Livingston is one of the largest lakes in the state. It’s only an hour north of Houston, and you can escape the city heat to relax in the lake. There are also areas for boating and fishing—but beware of alligators!
Thirty miles west of Austin, Pedernales Falls offers a tranquil river where you can swim or tube. There are also plenty of primitive camping spots where you can reconnect with nature for an entire weekend.
We hope you have fun in the sun this summer! Remember to leave no trace and respect our Texas State Parks. You can go green and help the environment by switching to an all-green energy plan with Volterra Energy! Sign up today and we’ll make a donation to a local charity.