Jacob’s Well Natural Area

 

                               

                         

                         

     

 

 

Jacob's Well Natural Area is NOT allowing swimming at this time. We are currently in an annual period of aquatic restoration which lasts from October 1st - April 30th of each year. The cool clear water here makes Jacob's Well a unique swimming destination in the Texas summer heat. However, the large amount of visitors we receive during these months can very disruptive to the wildlife that call this area home. This is especially true of the aquatic wildlife of Cypress Creek. Therefore we dedicate the chilly fall, winter, and spring months to habitat restoration. During this period public swimming access is prohibited, but we encourage visitors to come take a peaceful hike and observe the large variety of wildlife that is visible at this time! 

There is no fee or reservation needed to enter the natural area. A fee is only required if you are swimming in Jacob's Well (by reservation only) during the summer. 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.

Swimming at Jacob's Well Natural Area is allowed from May 1st - September 30th BY RESERVATION ONLY. Reservations for the upcoming 2019 swim season will become available here at this website at a later date. Each reservation guarantees two hours of swimming in Jacob's Well. Please see rules and fees below.

 

HOURS & RULES

Jacob's Well Natural Area is open every day from 8:00am-6:00pm

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

  1. No diving from rocks
  2. No SCUBA diving
  3. No camping
  4. No bicycles, ATV’s, or other motorized vehicles on grounds
  5. No fires, fireworks, or smoking
  6. No pets or other domesticated animals
  7. No firearms, archery equipment, hunting, or fishing
  8. No glass containers
  9. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  10. Disorderly conduct and excessive noise prohibited
  11. Destruction or removal of vegetation and other resources including animals or fossils, is prohibited
  12. No unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's)
  13. 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.
 

SWIMMING FEES

Fees occur during swim season only. Entrance to Jacob's Well Natural Area is FREE.

 

ABOUT JACOB’S WELL

 

 

 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.

 

 

History

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.

 

TOURS & AMENITIES

 

Guided Morning Tours

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

 

Cypress Creek Watershed Walk - Fall Schedule

September 21 - Friday 10:00am-11:30am

October 20 - Saturday 10:00am-11:30am  [ THIS TOUR IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER]

November 16 - Friday 10:00am-11:30am

December 8 - Saturday 10:00am-11:30am

The focus of the Watershed Walk is on the geology, stream characteristics, and groundwater flow along Cypress Creek within Jacob's Well Natural Area. These are the forces that shaped Hays County and the TX Hill Country. During the walk you will take a close look at the Cypress Creek Watershed, how it works, and the important role it plays in the Wimberley Valley. You will examine the creek bed tracing the many water pathways and their contribution to the watershed. The tour highlights the unique underground cave system that created Jacob's Well and the interesting history of this Wimberley icon. The hike finishes with a discussion of the water resource issues in Wimberley and Hays County.

Note: There is a high level of interest regarding Cypress Creek and Jacob's Well. Jacob's Well Natural Area will offer watershed walks to the public once a month from September to December 2018. For Master Naturalists this hike qualifies for Advanced Training or Texas Waters Specialist credit.

** Advance reservations for the Watershed walks are recommended.

** For more info about the tour or to sign up please contact Tom Jones | wimberleytom@gmail.com |

 

Other Park Amenities

Hiking Trails, Geocaching, Birding, Scenic Photography, Children’s play area, Picnic areas, Labyrinth, Sundial


 

 

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

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: Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm

Jacob’s Well Natural Area is happy to host school field trips, scout trips, homeschool groups and other groups.

Please contact us for more information about tours, trips, or other educational visits to Jacob’s Well Natural Area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

WILD Education Days

FREE FAMILY FUN on the First Saturdays at Jacob's Well Natural Area. Our Texas Master Naturalist educators will lead Project WILD activities for children of all ages at the Jacob's Well Nature Center!

Please check back for more info about our next event!

 

TIPS FOR VISITING

  • 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.

CONTACT US

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: parks@co.hays.tx.us

Jacob’s Well Natural Area Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/JacobsWellOfficial/
 

DIRECTIONS

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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