Top 4 Dog-Friendly Swimming Holes in Texas

Swimming holes are a dog’s best friend in the summer months; an excellent socializing tool and sweet relief from the heat with splashing fun in the cool water. But not all swimming holes are created equal or necessarily dog-friendly. At Bed and Biscuit, we have made it our mission to provide you with top dog friendly swimming holes in Texas with which to escape this summer.

Barking Springs

Location: 2101 Barton Springs Rd. Austin

Cost:      FREE

Leash:    Yes

Just downstream a few paces from Barton Springs is the human AND dog friendly swimming hole nicknamed ‘Barking Springs” where leashes are ‘required’. The price is right and it’s not too crowded since there is a vast area of water. The natural spring fed water temperature is perfect with plenty of shade to retreat when the sun gets too much and ideal for picnic. But get there early because the parking lot gets filled up fast!

Red Bud Isle

Location: 3401 Redbud Trail Austin

Cost:       FREE

Leash:     No

Redbud Isle is one of the few off-leash parks in the Austin area located on Town Lake. The lakefront park has 13 beautiful tree filled acres that is among the favorite choices of Austin’s water-loving dogs. Red Bud Isle is a very popular hotspot for dogs so parking here can get filled up in a hurry as well. This park is not only frequented by dog lovers, but also  kayakers and fisherman. Unfortunately, not all fisherman pick up their hooks, so take extra caution in supervising where your dog walks.

Bull Creek District Dog Park

Location: 6701 Lakewood Dr. Austin

Cost:       Free

Leash:     Yes

Bull Creek is a popular 48 acre park that is 32 square miles of the most exquisite cliffs and scenic waterfalls, springs and trails lined with tall trees. It’s a dog’s paradise and the perfect place to enjoy a day of adventurous water and land excursions. Parking is plentiful and the people are wonderful. Be sure to bring a camera or put your smartphone to good use. You will make a ton of memories here and want to capture them.

Mc Kinney Falls State Park

Location: 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway Austin

Cost:       $6.00

Leash:     Yes

McKinney Falls is another gem, featuring Williams Creek and Onion Creek nestled into 700 acres of wilderness for hiking and mountain biking, swimming and fishing, picnicking and camping with meadows of gorgeous Blue Bonnets growing wild. McKinney Onion Creek is the most favorite swimming hole, but why not try them both? Parking is plentiful and the park is not overly crowded.

 TIP:It is never a good idea to have your dog off leash in any park setting. If it is an off-leash park, please be aware of the risks associated with having your dog off leash around other dogs.

Now that you have some great dog friendly swimming holes fresh in your mind, it’s time to pack up the car – and the dog of course – to start an unforgettable day of adventure and fun! Would you like more dog friendly swimming hole ideas? Go to AustinTexas.Gov. Summer is just getting started so what are you waiting for? After your dog’s swimming expedition, bring him in for that much needed bath!

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