Jacob's Well Natural Area
Jacob's Well Natural Area
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksNature & Wildlife AreasHiking Trails
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Public swimming access in Jacob’s Well is contingent on precipitation and groundwater flow. Jacob’s Well’s flow is currently at a level that is unsafe for swimming. We will keep this website updated regarding public swim access. Jacob’s well is normally open for swimming from May 1 – September 30 by online reservation only. We do not have a waitlist for swimming. Again, this is our normal swimming timeframe. However, we will not be allowing swimming until conditions improve. Reservations are for a specific two-hour time block and guests must show up for the time specified in their reservation. Late arrival is okay and we will hold your reservation until you arrive BUT your time block remains the same and you will have less time to swim.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • amandastroh
    San Antonio, Texas74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What it really looks like!
    This is a true picture of Jacob's Well on Sept 22, 2023. This area of Texas has not has any significant rainfall in the last three months. The well water was stale and dirty as you can see with dead fish floating on the top. I would love to see this in it's prime...I know it's beautiful. They have a nice granite walking trail to get to it. We didn't go to the Nature Center but there is a bird watching station nearby as well, but I was disappointed to see that it is not being supplied with food or water.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • BrendaH40
    Alvin, Texas598 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to visit
    This was a nice park to walk around and the well is a sight. I recommend listening to the self guide to get just how deep it is since it is visually deceptive. You can do lots of walking and hit several levels to view the well. I enjoyed the butterfly garden as well.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 21, 2024
  • ijchaseh
    Austin, Texas11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We need rain!!
    Oh this poor, dehydrated area. It is so sad to see how low and stagnant the water is in this area due to the extensive drought we are in. Parking was easy, and it's not a difficult or long hike to get down to the well. The guard told us that all water access has been canceled for the rest of 2024. You can still hike all the way down to the edge of the water, and there were numerous hiking trails in the area.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 6, 2024
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ijchaseh
Austin, TX11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Oh this poor, dehydrated area. It is so sad to see how low and stagnant the water is in this area due to the extensive drought we are in. Parking was easy, and it's not a difficult or long hike to get down to the well. The guard told us that all water access has been canceled for the rest of 2024. You can still hike all the way down to the edge of the water, and there were numerous hiking trails in the area.
Written May 6, 2024
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BrendaH40
Alvin, TX598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was a nice park to walk around and the well is a sight. I recommend listening to the self guide to get just how deep it is since it is visually deceptive. You can do lots of walking and hit several levels to view the well. I enjoyed the butterfly garden as well.
Written April 21, 2024
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Happiness31228376321
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is normally the highlight of my trip to the Austin area. Today was very different. We were there march 30,2024 and the park ranger was out standing guard at the well. He would not let anyone get close enough to even touch the water. He was rude to us when we walked up from the trail, telling us that we weren't supposed to be in the river bed. It was not marked and no signage telling anyone not to be there. After walking around a bit we decided to leave but first we needed to use the restroom. It was locked before 545. Disappointed we went on to our car. The park ranger then came up on his 4 wheeler demanding that we leave or we would be locked in. The hours posted say the park closes at 6 so I was feeling like we were being shoved out and it wasn't even 6. He acted as if a steel door was coming down at 6pm and would lock us in. I just felt like this visit was very impersonal. I usually feel welcomed and everyone is eager to share information and want you to have a great visit. This was not a welcoming trip.
Written April 1, 2024
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amandastroh
San Antonio, TX74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a true picture of Jacob's Well on Sept 22, 2023. This area of Texas has not has any significant rainfall in the last three months. The well water was stale and dirty as you can see with dead fish floating on the top. I would love to see this in it's prime...I know it's beautiful. They have a nice granite walking trail to get to it. We didn't go to the Nature Center but there is a bird watching station nearby as well, but I was disappointed to see that it is not being supplied with food or water.
Written September 23, 2023
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AVGTXN
Dallas, TX793 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Ask the park person nicely and you may get to park in Lot C, which is the closest to the hole. Pretty amazing swimming hole where the water is 70 degrees year round.
Written June 23, 2022
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Dalanie L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Well this was awful! We pull up and signs are up say everything is full. So we just ask to make sure and the guy says oh yeah go right in and swim. So he directs us to our parking spots and we start walking and it’s not a bad walk at all. So we get down to the hole and start taking our shoes off and the little wannabe ranger is down there asking if we have stamps so we tell her the man just told us to come on down and swim and she said he didn’t say that we were like umm yeah he did and she thought we were lying so we tell her to call the guy that told us that and she said HE’S UNDER ME! HE DID NOT SAY THAT! We walked back out and left. This place is nothing special.
Written June 5, 2022
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mdarenfrow
Sugar Land, TX157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Not gonna lie. I thought the width of the well would have been bigger but it was absolutely beautiful to see. We didn’t go during swim season and that was because it was quiet and there were few others to take away from the beauty of nature. But we for sure will come back to swim soon!
Written April 21, 2022
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Jill R
Rowlett, TX154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We wanted to show some out-of-town family the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Jacob's Well did not disappoint! It's an easy walk to the well. The well is so unique and we learned a lot about it and the Trinity Aquifer. The ranger there was very nice and told us great stories about the well, deep-diving events, and a free diver who recovers items that end up on the first shelf. Definitely a must-see if you're traveling in the Hill Country!
Written April 18, 2022
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Thomas M
League City, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Short, easy hikes through well-maintained natural area. The well itself was pretty cool to see too. Great place to just wander around and see some typical hill country landscape.
Written April 3, 2022
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Vakation101
Murphy, TX159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Read about this on various traveler’s bucket lists and indeed a worthy place to visit. Beautiful & eerie to look down into. Ranger said at high noon, can see deeper into the well. During non-swimming period, there’s no entrance fees. A short, enjoyable walk from parking lots with steps at end to the well. Several educational signs along the way. The nature center is a nice addition to discover. We met ppl from various states visiting as well.
Written March 28, 2022
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