Jacob’s Well, A Popular Texas Swimming Hole, Bans Swimming
Those looking to take a dip in one of the states most popular swimming holes will be disappointed to learn that Jacob's Well won't be allowing swimming anytime soon.
On Sunday, the Facebook page for Jacob's Well and Hays County Parks, posted on Facebook that swimming will not be allowed at Jacob's Well due to low water and spring flow levels. Those who visit Jacob's Well in Hays County can still hike in the area and look at the spring, but swimming will remain off limits for a while.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Jacob's Well stays at about 68 degrees year around, which is one of the reasons why travelers love to swim in the spring. Jacob's Well is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, hundred's visit each year.
One of the state’s most beloved natural swim holes, Jacob’s Well is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas and maintains a crisp 68 degrees year-round. Most summers, hundreds visit the spring to dip into the blue-green waters that flow from an underground cavern system more than 140 feet deep.
But the well — named by 19th-century settlers because it conjured thoughts of biblical times — faces an uncertain future. It shut down last year after running dry for just the fifth time in recorded history, and Hays County officials say significant rainfall is needed to recharge the Trinity Aquifer, which supplies Jacob’s Well.
Hopefully, for Jacob's Well and for the drought overall, we will all get some rain in the near future.