Located 14 miles from Dripping Springs, Texas, Wimberley is a town in Hays County between Austin and San Antonio. It’s the place where Cypress Creek and Blanco River meet making Wimberley a delightful destination especially in the summer. Visitors also love to come in the winter for its mild to cool temperatures.
Many notable people call Wimberley home. One of its most famous residents is Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard. Here are the top three spots you won’t want to miss.
Blue Hole Regional Park
Wimberley’s Blue Hole Regional Park (100 Blue Hole Ln., Wimberley, Texas 78676) and the natural swimming area has been featured in many publications, films, and TV series. In 2018, USA Today has included Blue Hole Regional Park as one of the top 10 swimming holes in the nation. Know before you go: If you want to swim, the park requires reservations.
There are lots to do at the 126-acre park besides swim. It has almost 5 miles of trails, picnic spots, a pavilion, playscape, amphitheater, and basketball and sand volleyball courts. Photography and selfie fans will find many great areas around the park for capturing pictures.
In the summer, they hold nature camps for kids ages 6 to 12 They have a Counselor in Training program for those ages 13 to 15. The camp follows an environmental education-based curriculum inspired by the Project Wild Activity guide from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area
As the first Hays County-owned preserve, Jacob’s Well Natural Area (1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, Texas 78676) has more than 80 acres surrounding the artesian spring. As the most significant and largest continually flowing spring in the Texas Hill Country, wildlife depends on it.
While open year-round, the preserve is a great place to go in the summer to cool off as the water temperature remains 68 degrees. Even in the winter. The park requires swimming reservations.
JWNA has an underwater cave system that runs almost 140 feet deep at its lowest point and one mile in length. Crawfish, amphipods, isopods, and salamanders live in the cave. The delicate ecosystem requires careful restoration efforts, which have been in the works for a long time.
Wimberley Market Days
On the first Saturday of the month, stroll through Texas Hill Country’s largest outdoor market with almost 500 booths on 20 tree-shaded acres. Income from Wimberley Market Days (601 FM 2325, Wimberley, Texas 78676) booth rental, parking, and concession go to Wimberley Lions Club grants that support local nonprofits, programs, and activities.
Not only will you find many unique items, but also avoid hangry pangs with the many concessions available. While shopping, you’ll be dancing with live music playing on one of its three stages. Visit the website for the monthly themes and entertainment.
For more things to do, head to VisitWimberley.com. They also provide lodging options, guides, and more.