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Dive into a Highland Lakes swimming hole

This waterfall, created by a dam at Blanco State Park, is a favorite for people looking to cool off in the water. Staff photo

You can comfortably swim outdoors almost year-round in the Texas Hill Country. Here are some of our favorite Highland Lakes swimming holes:

Blanco State Park — Stand in the shower of a waterfall at this state park thanks to the dam on the Blanco River. The park is located at 101 Park Road 23 in Blanco. Call 830-833-4333.

• Devil's Waterhole — Located in Inks Lake State Park, this is one of the most popular area attractions. Inks Lake is located on Park Road 4 several miles west of U.S. 281. Call 512-793-2223.

Hancock Springs — Originally a water source for public bathing for more than a century, Hancock Springs now also features 18 holes of golf, walking trails, and playgrounds. It’s located on U.S. 281 just southwest of Lampasas.

Kingsland Slab — Created by a huge outcropping of granite beneath the Llano River, the Kingsland Slab has plenty of natural swimming and wading holes. Drive RR 1431 west through Kingsland and then turn west on FM 3404. Stay on it for a couple of miles until reaching the Llano River.

• Krause Springs — Open year-round, this spring-fed retreat is known for its cold water, abundance of shade, and outdoor grills. Take Texas 71 to Spicewood and turn north on Spur 191. Go to or call 830-693-4181.

Robinson City Park — Located along the Llano River, swimmers can also enjoy shade trees, picnic areas, playgrounds, and fishing. Take RR 152 west from the Llano County Courthouse square for 2 miles. Call 325-247-4158 for camping reservations.

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