Summer Staycations in the Texas Hill Country

People in River During Summer Near Austin

Best Locations to Cool Off

You don’t need to travel far to feel like you’re on vacation. With so many outdoor recreation opportunities in the Texas Hill Country, you can explore waterfalls, caves, and natural springs, all within an hour’s drive. So whether you’re looking to plan a day trip or want to spend a couple of days camping near a lake, we’ve included some of the best places to explore and cool off this summer in the Texas Hill Country. 

Temperatures range in the mid to high 90s during the Texas Hill Country peak summer months. So, it’s a good idea to have a handful of locations in mind when you need to escape the dreadfully hot summer months. Here’s a list of our favorite places to cool off near the Texas Hill Country. 

The Colorado River

Texas residents and visitors have over 860 miles of the Colorado River to enjoy and use for recreation. In addition, the Colorado River flows right through the heart of the Texas Hill Country. If you’re looking to take advantage of this vast outdoor water resource, there are a few well-known spots to cool off this summer. 

Emma Long Metro Park

The first is Emma Long Metropolitan Park, a city park with picnic areas and plenty of opportunities for swimming. Also nearby is the Turkey Creek trail for additional exploration and adventure. 

Bob Wentz & Hippie Hollow Parks

Next are Bob Wentz Park and Hippie Hollow Park on the north side of the JJ Mansfield Hydroelectric Dam. This area of the Colorado River is known as Lake Travis and offers calm and relaxing water recreation. While both parks are located within walking distance of each other, they differ slightly in activities. The Bob Wentz Park is a family gathering spot for swimming and picnics, whereas Hippie Hollow Park takes a more free spirit clothing-optional recreation approach. So you can choose which method of cooling off works best for you!

Lake Travis

The stunning Lake Travis is one of the most popular locations for individuals looking for a staycation in the Texas Hill Country. Lake Travis offers fun outdoor recreation opportunities, from fishing, boating, camping, swimming, and ziplining. 

With 270 miles of limestone shoreline, you can take advantage of the nearby lakefront resorts, restaurants, and water sport rental opportunities. So whether you’re looking to spend the day at Lake Travis or plan a short staycation, there will be no shortage of activities to fill your day. 

Lake Lyndon B. Johnson

Located 45 miles outside of Austin is Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, commonly referred to as Lake LBJ. The reservoir is a popular destination for fishing and boating enthusiasts. Bring your best fishing partner and try your hand at catching largemouth bass or catfish while enjoying views of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. 

In addition to recreational fishing, the lake is also great for family or friends looking to enjoy swimming, water skiing, or jet skiing. There’s no better way to cool off on a hot Hill Country day than by splashing in the waves while tubing or water skiing. 

West Lake Beach

If you’re looking to spend the day swimming, grilling, and playing a competitive game of water volleyball, then West Lake Beach is a great fit. The large, privately-owned park is open to the public with a small admission fee for children and adults. The park also features a horseshoe pit, a fishing area, and a designated swimming area. If you have a large group or family looking to relax and cool off together, the shaded picnic areas and awnings can accommodate up to 60 guests. 

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Tucked into the foothills of the Texas Hill Country is a popular spot for residents and visitors to cool off during the long summer months. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a 13.8-mile trail that features multiple swimming holes. Fortunately, you don’t need to hike 13 miles to reach them! Only a short walk is required to reach The Campbell’s Hole and Gus Fruh Pool. These two swimming locations are easily accessible and generally sought after by people trying to escape the hot Texas temperatures. Both swimming locations can be reached at the Spyglass Access point. 

Krause Springs

Within an hour’s drive from Austin, you can enjoy 32 refreshing springs and several pools at Krause Springs near the town of Spicewood. It is a hidden gem for individuals looking to cool off in the Texas Hill Country. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks, sunscreen, and inflatable tubes so you can spend the day exploring the entire 115-acre property. 

With opportunities to explore waterfalls, caves, and even rope swings, the whole family will undoubtedly find some solace in the hot Texas summer here. In addition, the large property features a campground if you’re looking to extend your stay. 

With so many options for a staycation in the Texas Hill Country to cool off this summer, you’ll have no trouble escaping the heat. So start planning your next outdoor trip from the comfort of your waterfront home. Contact our office today to book a tour and begin searching for your Texas Hill Country dream home!

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