Rusty Haggard Blog

Blue Hole: Swimming, Hiking, and Fun in a New Sustainable Park

Discovering something new, especially in a beautiful setting, is always a treat. That happened recently when Cherie and I heard about a new hike-and-bike trail near the little town of Wimberley. We loaded up our mountain bikes and took the ten-minute drive to Winters Mill Parkway. Boom! There it was.

It’s part of a 126-acre park development that will include a sprucing up of the historic swimming hole in Wimberley, Blue Hole. Called Blue Hole Regional Park, it’s a project sponsored by the City of Wimberley and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This “sustainable site” also has partners like the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and the United States Botanical Garden. That’s some pretty nice company.

Blue Hole, the famous swimming hole on nearby Cypress Creek, will get new bath houses for swimmers, but will still be limited to 150 people at a time. There’s already a great walking path that goes from the parking area on Winters Mill Parkway right to the swimming hole (a round trip walk is about 40 minutes). There’s a different path that parallels the parkway from Ranch Road 3237 to the intersection at Ranch Road 12 – about a three mile dash on a bike. You can walk this trail too.

The completed park will have, in addition to the nature trails and playground areas, soccer fields and tennis courts. But there’s no giant destruction going on – those spaces were cleared back in the 1940s. Sure there’s big trucks and earth-moving equipment in there now, but only five trees were marked for removal.

It’s been a beautiful surprise and a great spot for a cardio-workout. It’s a true Texas treasure! What’s up where you live?

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