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Hays County Parks & Recreation

Welcome to Hays County Parks Department!

Parks Info Line: 512-214-4593

As of March 25, 2020, all Hays County parks — Five  Mile Dam, Jacob’s Well Natural Area, and Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve, are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacob’s Well is currently not allowing swimming as we are in our aquatic restoration period. Swimming will be allowed beginning May 1, 2020. The Natural Area is open to the public for all non-swimming amenities. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with no entry after 5:30 p.m. Entrance to the preserve is free. Please visit the Jacob’s Well Amenities & Rules page below for more information.

Reserve a Day Pass (there is limited access) for the new Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve at and select Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Preserve. Preserve hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. No admittance after 2 p.m. Preserve access is by reservation only. This preserve offers 4 miles of hiking on paved (ADA accessible) and primitive trails. There is NO SWIMMING available on this property. Please read the rules and info when making a reservation. The Preserve entrance is located at 5131 FM 967 Buda, TX 78610 (across FM 967 from Oak Forest Drive).

All County Parks are closed on November 28 and December 25, 2019, and January 1 and April 10, 2020.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area Amenities & Rules

Jacob's Well Natural Area

Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Preserve Amenities & Rules

View from the ADA-accessible trail at Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve

Five Mile Dam Parks Amenities & Rules
(Johnson & Vetter Parks and City-County Soccer Complex)

Five Mile Dam Park


The 2012 Parks, Open Spaces & Natural Areas Plan will guide our parks for years to come.

Jay Taylor, Lead Parks Specialist
1699 Mt. Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

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