Swimming at Jacob’s Well Natural Area is allowed ONLY from May 1 through September 30 AND ONLY BY PAID RESERVATION. Swimming is NOT allowed from October 1 – April 30. We do not have a wait list for swimming and cannot accept walk-ups. Reservations for the 2019 swim season are currently available and can be made by clicking the link below. Each reservation allows two hours of swimming in Jacob’s Well. Please see rules and fees below.
JWNA is unable to issue refunds or rain-checks, even if the preserve is closed due to flooding or other emergency event. Jacob’s Well is a natural waterway and flooding is unpredictable. Reservations cannot be canceled or transferred to a different date once created. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. Reservations must be Paid in Full in order for them to be saved in our system.
TO CREATE A RESERVATION: Click the link below and select the time and date on which you wish to visit. You will be prompted to enter the number guests in your party as well as some personal contact information. Reservation fees must be paid IN FULL at the time of your reservation*. Please be sure to read all reservation rules and information thoroughly.
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Each reservation allows two hours of swimming in Jacob’s Well. We suggest making reservations several weeks in advance to guarantee your swimming trip. Reservations are for a specific 2-hour time block and guests must show up for the time specified in their reservation**. Late arrival is OK and we will hold your reservation until you arrive BUT your time block remains the same and you will have less time to swim.
There is no fee or reservation needed to enter the natural area for a hike and to enjoy nature. A fee is only required if you are swimming in Jacob’s Well (which is by reservation only). During peak hours over the summer the parking lot may reach capacity. At that time we will begin to turn away all visitors without reservations until there is more space available. You may call the park ahead of time to check on the status of the parking lot.
Parks Info Line: 512-214-4593
*Any reservation left unpaid after more than 2 hours will be removed from the system and you will be required to start the process over. Payment for your reservation must be paid in full and will include a service fee in addition to the designated swimming fees below. JWNA is unable to accept American Express for payment.
**JWNA is unable to issue refunds or rain-checks. Reservations may not be cancelled or transferred to a different date once created. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area is open every day from 8:00am-6:00pm. During summer months, the Nature Center is open only on Fridays and Saturdays.
NO ENTRY IS PERMITTED AFTER 5:30pm
Please Note: Jacob’s Well Natural Area is a day-use facility ONLY
Swim, jump, or climb at your own risk – no lifeguard on duty
- No diving from rocks
- No SCUBA diving
- No camping
- No bicycles, ATV’s, or other motorized vehicles on grounds
- No fires, fireworks, or smoking
- No pets or other domesticated animals
- No firearms, archery equipment, hunting, or fishing
- No glass containers
- No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
- Disorderly conduct and excessive noise prohibited
- Destruction or removal of vegetation and other resources including animals or fossils, is prohibited
- No unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s)
- No nudity allowed on park property; appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.
This is a Natural Area so please be mindful of your impact – trash cans are located throughout the park for your convenience.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in immediate removal from Jacob’s Well Natural Area. There will be no refunds to visitors who are asked to leave by Hays County staff. Hays County is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property.
Lost and Found Policy: All lost items recovered on the property of Jacob’s Well Natural Area will be held for a period of 30 days during which you are responsible for contacting and claiming your item. Any lost item not claimed after 30 days may be subject to disposal by the Hays County Parks Department.
Fees occur during swim season and only for swimming. Entrance to Jacob’s Well Natural Area is FREE.
A Few Facts About Jacob’s Well
- The size of Jacob’s Well Natural Area is a little over 81 acres
- Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water a day.
- Jacob’s Well is the second largest fully submerged cave in Texas.
- The source of the water comes from the Trinity Aquifer, which makes its way from an extensive underground cave system.
- The deepest part of the cavern system is 140 feet deep. The main cavern length is 4,341 feet and the secondary cavern, which branches off the main cavern, is 1,314 feet in length.
- The water temperature stays a constant 68°F.
- Jacob’s Well is the head waters of Cypress Creek, which flows through Blue Hole Regional Park and feeds into the Blanco River.
- More than 200 Native Indian groups populated Central Texas and were collectively known as the Coahuiltecans. Three of the most prominent Indian tribes that roamed this area are the: Tonkawa, Jumano Indians, and the Comanche Indians.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area consists of five land surveys that all use the spring as a corner to tie the properties together. These surveys were conducted in 1847 by a prominent surveyor names Bartlett Sims. In the early 1850’s William C. Winters, a San Jacinto veteran and early settler of Wimberley, hiked up Cypress Creek searching for its source and found an overflowing spring. It is said that Mr. Winters exclaimed “like unto a well in Bible times.” Thus it was named ‘Jacob’s Well’. The property changed hands many times over the next 100 years and became a popular recreational destination. Jacob’s Well Natural Area remains a popular recreational destination today.
Guided Morning Tours
Tours are not available during summer months. They are held during Fall, Winter, and Spring months. Check back for the 2019-2020 schedule.
Tours are led by Master Naturalist volunteers from our local Hays County Chapter who have a passionate focus on the aquifer that sustains Jacob’s Well, a natural artesian spring. The guides will speak in-depth about the history of the Well and the several species of wildlife that thrive in the surrounding habitat.
Tours occur every Saturday morning beginning at 9am and last approximately 1 hour. The tour group will meet up and start off at the Nature Center.
Things to Bring: Drinking water, good walking shoes, binoculars, a love for nature
**If you are interested please call ahead to confirm that the tour will be taking place
Other Park Amenities
Hiking Trails, Geocaching, Birding, Scenic Photography, Children’s play area, Picnic areas, Labyrinth, Sundial
Stop by and visit our recently opened Nature Center! Here you can find maps, historical photos of the well, our growing library collection, and knowledgeable staff!
Nature Center Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Jacob’s Well Natural Area is happy to host school field trips, scout trips, home school groups and other groups. Please contact us for more information about tours, trips, or other educational visits to Jacob’s Well Natural Area. If you are interested in a field trip for your school or organization, please fill out this form and email to Katherine.Sturdivant@co.hays.tx.us.
Free Family Fun Days – Discover, Learn, Explore
FREE FAMILY FUN days are on the 1st Saturday of the month from October through April at Jacob’s Well Natural Area. Staff and Master Naturalist trained volunteers will facilitate fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Check back here or on the JWNA Facebook page for event information — engaging activities, crafts, and hikes. Events will be held rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, the activities will be held indoors.Be sure to bring water and good walking shoes.
- Bring plenty of water – Jacob’s Well does not currently have a public drinking fountain so be sure to bring enough for the whole family!
- You are welcome to bring snacks or a picnic – Jacob’s Well Natural Area does not provide any food. Coolers are allowed but there is not much space for large coolers near the Well. Picnic tables are located throughout the park.
- Due to the sensitive nature of the park, BBQ grills are not permitted.
- Wear appropriate footwear – there will be a 15 minute hike to Jacob’s Well from the parking lot and the area surrounding the Well can be steep and slippery.
- The walk down to Jacob’s Well is not stroller friendly and does involve several sets of stairs – you may want to consider leaving strollers in the car.
- Know your limits – temperatures often reach 95 to 100°F over the summer months.
- Accommodations can be provided to those who need assistance reaching the Well. Please let an employee know upon arrival if you require this extra assistance.
- Swim at Your Own Risk – there is no lifeguard on duty.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to swimming so that it doesn’t come off immediately once you hop in.
- Our parking lot is small so please consider carpooling if you are coming with a large group.
- There is limited space in the swimming area – we recommend leaving large inflatable floats and pool toys at home.
- The park gets very busy over the summer so we recommend making swimming reservations as soon as possible (at least 2 weeks ahead of time).
- JWNA does not provide lifejackets, please bring your own if needed.
If you have questions about reservations, need to cancel, or would like more information about the natural area please call or email.
Parks information line: 512-214-4593
Park email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob’s Well Natural Area Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacobsWellOfficial/
Jacob’s Well Natural Area is located approximately 10 minutes from the city of Wimberley, TX. The entrance to Jacob’s Well Natural Area is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, TX, 78676
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