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Parks & Recreation


Welcome to Hays County Parks Department!

 Parks Info Line: 512-214-4593


Jacob’s Well The Natural Area is open to the public. 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. Reservations* are required for swimming. Please visit the Jacob’s Well Amenities & Rules page below for more information. NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED AT THIS TIME DUE TO CURRENT CONDITIONS OF THE RIVER.

Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature PreserveReserve a Day Pass (there is limited access) for the Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve at and select Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Preserve. Preserve hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. No admittance after 2 p.m. Preserve access is by reservation only*. This preserve offers four miles of hiking on paved (ADA accessible) and primitive trails. There is NO SWIMMING available on this property. Please visit the preserve’s web page (see below) to 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).

*There are no refunds, transfers or cancellations of reservations once they have been paid for.
– ALL sales are FINAL –

All Hays County Parks will be closed to the public for County Holidays on the following dates:

November 28, 2024-Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2024-Christmas Day
January 1, 2025-New Year’s Day



Jacob’s Well Natural Area Amenities & Rules

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

Five-mile Dam Park hours are currently 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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

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

Hays County