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The Most Amazing Watering Holes in Texas

Bandera Park

We may have had a little respite from the heat recently, but we’ve still got a few more months before it really cools down, which means finding the coolest watering hole is the only way to stay sane. Here are some places to explore:

Krause Springs:  Located in Spicewood just west of Austin is one of the most incredible swimming holes in the state. With a lovely waterfall grotto and a rope swing for a fabulous cliff jump, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon picnic.

Blue Hole in Wimberley:  Located in Blue Hole Regional Park, this refreshing swimming hole is stunning and shaded by towering cypress trees. The ecosystem here is considered an historic site.

Tube Chute in New Braunfels: The City Tube Chute is a unique water slide carved into the side of the City’s dam on the Comal River. It diverts tubers around the dam as they float the river and is a fun way to keep cool in the summer!

Blue Hole in Georgetown: This picturesque lagoon is bordered by limestone bluffs along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River, just five blocks north of the downtown Square.

Twin Falls on Barton Creek: Barton Creek is a great place to explore a plethora of creeks, falls and trails. The falls fluctuate throughout the seasons and there is a bit of a hike involved, but it’s still a wonderful place to bring the whole family.

Bull Creek in Austin: You can find a bunch of superb swimming holes along this trail that eventually lets out at Lakewood and 360, just northwest of the dog park. This is a nice place for active couples and friends.

Sculpture Falls on Barton Creek: This secluded little swimming hole is clear with cool water, even during the summer. On top of that, it’s dog-friendly.

Devil’s Watering Hole at Inks Lake:  Head to Inks Lake State Park for a fantastic family weekend getaway on the Colorado River. Explore the stunning waterfalls upstream of the lake when Valley Spring Creek is running.

The Slab in Llano: Essentially an easily-accessible stretch of the Llano, this watering hole has a lot of rugged granite and chutes to laze around in, even during a drought.

Bandera City Park: This scenic park area along the tree-lined, aqua-colored Medina river is a family’s paradise. The cool water flows very slowly and is perfect for swimming, tubing or kayaking.

McKinney Falls: Not far from Austin, you’ll be surprised by the abundance of trees and wildlife at this watering hole. Don’t be surprised to see deer, armadillos and perhaps even a coyote. The falls aren’t big – only about 10 feet tall, but it’s still a beautiful place to go swimming. You’ll find an early Texas homestead here as well as an old rock shelter.

When you’re finally cooled off, call us at 210-494-5400 for a consultation. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.


Hunting in the Texas Hill Country and Beyond

There are few better reasons to move to the Texas Hill Country than for the hunting. Regardless of the sport, the Texas Hill Country is filled with beautiful rolling hills, ancient trees, wild flowers and delicious game that will keep your freezer stocked through winter.

What’s for Dinner?

People new to Texas are often surprised by the variety of wild game to be found here. According to the Hill Country Wildlife Management, “Some may best know the Hill Country as the deer factory of Texas, as it supports the largest white-tailed deer population in the state.”

Although deer hunting is considered a primary industry in this region, the area where Mason, Llano and Gillespie counties converge supports the highest deer density in the nation, with one deer for every 2-3 acres. You’ll also find several species of ungulates that range freely throughout the central and western plateau.


The Annual Public Hunting Permit provides nearly year-round hunting on nearly one million acres of land. Popular dove hunting areas are offered through this system as well.

The Public Hunt Drawing System provides opportunities to apply for a wide variety of supervised, drawn hunts including special drawings for both adults and youth hunters. In addition, TPWD offers special hunt package drawings for exotic wildlife and quality native animals on TPWD managed lands as well as specially leased private properties.

For more information on permitting, go here.

Feral Hogs

Texas is overrun with wild hogs because they breed so quickly, so much so, that some people let you come out and hunt on their ranch before the season officially opens, and in some instances, they’ll even pay a small amount of money per hog. If you’re interested, check out this link.

Although, many people will tell you feral hog meat is not good eats, it’s all about how you cook it. One ranch we know corrals and feeds them rosemary and peaches a few months before butchering and evidently it’s the best thing you’ll eat in Texas!

Hunt in Style

You can find some amazing ranch resorts in Texas that stock their land with all sorts of game from indigenious to exotic. It’s a great way to hunt in style, especially if you want to bring the family along. Many times the ladies and children like to go horseback riding, play in the pool or enjoy a variety of other activities that keep them busy while the hunt is on!

The Y.O. Ranch, located near Kerrville, is one great example. They offer guests the opportunity to hunt 40,000 acres of land and are famous for their registered longhorn cattle and over 50 species of exotic animals such as axis deer, bison, belsa oryx, european mouflox and blackbuck antelope.

If you’re ready to move out to the amazing Texas Hill Country, please contact us at 210-494-5400, and we’ll build you a magnificent custom built home fit for a King and Queen!