Located on the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, the Blue Hole is a fun swimming hole used mainly by the locals and those summer warriors in the know! It takes a bit to find it, and parking can be a pain on summer weekends, but taking a dip in the cool water is worth it!
Use your GPS and find W. Second St., and Rock St., there is a small parking lots (handicapped parking) right by the river, and 2 more lots up the small hill. Walk down to the river and turn left. Follow the trail to tables and the bath house.
Admittance is FREE, and there is no gate, staff or life guards, so swim at your own risk.
There are a few picnic tables by the river, or bring a blanket to lay out under one of the trees. No glass, please.
Near the parking area are 2 restaurants, Hat Creek Burger Company and El Monumento.
Hat Creek Burger Company is across the river from the parking areas, but there is a pedestrian crossing right at the lower parking area. They have casual burger fare, gluten free options and fun fry sauces as well as ice cream shakes, but the BEST thing if you have kids is their HUGE play yard with slides and climbing equipment! They seem to think nothing of coming in right from the river, still a little wet and muddy. My kids love it!
El Monumento is located on the same side as the parking, and you can see their colorful patio umbrellas from the river. They offer a weekend buffet on Saturday and Sunday, and upscale menu fare. The patio has a great view of the river!
Once upon a time you could jump from the cliffs into the water below, but not any more. Posting signs that jumping wasn’t allowed didn’t seem to be enough, so now it’s against the law to even climb on the cliffs. However, during our visits, the signs have never seemed to stop anyone except us.
The Blue Hole is located on the San Gabriel River, so the depth is very dependent on what time of year you are visiting and recent rainfall. It is safe to say that the closer you are to the cliffs, the deeper the water is, and it does get deep in some places. Below the waterfall (assuming there is enough water for the waterfall), you can wade and play in the shallower water.
I always see people fishing when we visit, usually further up the river from where people are swimming. I’ve never seen ANYONE actually with a fish on them, but maybe I’m just not there early or late enough….
Fishing license are required for fishing at the Blue Hole for anyone 17 or older.
Dogs are allowed at the Blue Hole, and should be kept on a leash. With that said, it’s not uncommon to see someone with a labrador or two, chasing sticks in the water, especially when it’s not very crowded.
The Blue Hole is surrounded by a limestone cliffs and base, so one minute you are standing on rocks, and then it just drops off several feet, so make sure little ones and weaker swimmers wear a life jacket. Further upstream it gets muddy with some vegetation.
Know Before You Go
It’s a short walk down to the bath house from the small parking area, but it’s a pain if you are carrying lunch, towels, sunscreen and tubes, so bring a wagon!
Don’t forget any of the above either, especially tubes or something to float and play on!
If you have water shoes, bring them!
More to do in Georgetown
Inner Space Caverns lets you tour Texas from underground! This amazing network of caverns, which actually runs under I-35 has daily tours!
Visit Downtown Georgetown, walk around the historic Williamson County Courthouse Square, or borrow a bicycle from the Georgetown Visitors Center to explore the town’s 9 miles of hike and bike trail along the San Gabriel River!
Georgetown Paddle Company offers stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals on Lake Georgetown. Click HERE to visit their website.
Cedar Breaks Park is one of the Army Corp of Engineers Parks on Lake Georgetown and offers camping, boat ramps and a sandy swim beach! Click HERE for more information or to make a reservation.
Take a tour of the famous Gault Archaeological Site, a dig site of prehistoric people located in Williamson County. Tours are held on 6 Saturday mornings a year. For more information, click HERE.
The Blue Hole
Parking at W. Second Street and Rock Street
Open daily, dawn until dusk
Click HERE to visit their website