Old-growth trees shade the upper pool at Krause Springs. Photo courtesy of 101HighlandLakes.com

Jump in! Swimming holes in the Highland Lakes of Burnet County

Escape the summer heat at a Highland Lakes oasis in Burnet County. In addition to Lake Buchanan, Lake LBJ, Inks Lake, Lake Marble Falls, and Lake Travis, these swimming hot spots are cool places to visit.

Devil’s Waterhole

Devil’s Waterhole in Inks Lakes State Park is a deep-water swimming hole. A short, scenic trail leads from the parking area to Devil’s Waterhole. 

The deep pool located on an eastern branch of Inks Lake is surrounded by rocks and boulders. Adventurers will enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of its granite surroundings. The native woods provide a nice shady spot to spread out and relax. 

Floats and lifejackets are a must to fully enjoy this waterhole. The exact depth of the natural pool is unknown but is estimated to be around 40-50 feet deep.

The park fills up quickly around holidays and in the summer. Before you head out, reserve a day pass

Inks Lake State Park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 in Burnet County. A day pass is required to enter the park. Admission is $7 for ages 13 and up; children under 13 get in free. Visit its webpage or call 512-793-2223 for more information.

Krause Springs

Krause Springs in Spicewood is a lush, spring-fed sanctuary beneath a canopy of ancient oak and cypress trees that is well worth the drive. Off the beaten path, this privately owned jewel is a great day trip but also offers overnight camping. 

The property covers 155 acres, and its pools are fed by 32 natural springs. The upper, spring-fed manmade pool is a crisp 68 degrees year-round. 

The lower, natural pool is accessed by descending a steep metal staircase. A waterfall flows over the cliff from the upper pool into the deep, lower pool. A large outcropping of rock makes a nice spot for sunbathing. 

Be advised that the submerged and exposed rocks in the natural pool area are slippery. Picnics and coolers are welcome, as are floats no larger than 5 feet in size. Picnic tables, barbecue pits, restrooms, and showers are available to all guests. Find current admission information here.

Krause Springs is located at 404 Krause Spring Road in Spicewood, Texas. For more information, visit krausesprings.net or call the office at 401-236-7554.

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