Texas Travel

Best Spring-fed Pools in Texas

By Lisa Martin 7.9.13

Chill Texas-style by taking the plunge this summer at one of the state’s spring-fed pools. While concentrated in Hill Country, these liquid gems can be found in almost every corner of the state. So dip a toe or, better yet, cannonball your way to combating the heat by visiting the best of the bunch.

Balmorhea State Park, Reeves County

In the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, some 25-million gallons of water bubble through the world’s largest spring-fed pool located in Balmorhea State Park. The water, which is so clear you can see turtles and catfish swimming at the bottom, hovers between 72-76 degrees.

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet County

Fed by the Colorado River, Devil’s Waterhole at Inks Lake State Park attracts upward of 2,000 visitors any given summer Saturday. Take a flying leap off the 35-foot granite boulders or take a tour by canoe.

Horseshoe Park, Val Verde County

Kids appreciate the shallowness of this pool as well as its hard limestone bottom, which enables tots to wade with confidence and ease. Fed by the San Felipe Springs, this idyllic spot became a popular respite for Spanish explorers in the 17th century.

Garner State Park, Uvalde County

The Rio Frio culminates into a delightful pool at a dammed area toward the southern part of Garner State Park, where anyone can float in an inner tube. The mature cypress trees dotting the area provide a bit of relief from the often-punishing Central Texas sun.