Jacob’s Well Natural Area

 

                             

                         

                         

     

***Jacob's Well is open to swimming and hiking - updated 8/29/2017**

 

Reservations are required to swim and must be made online. Each reservation guarantees two hours of swimming. We suggest making reservations several weeks in advance in order to guarantee your swimming trip. Please call or email us if you need to cancel or change your reservation. There is no fee to make a reservation and payment is collected when you arrive at the Natural Area to receive your wristband. We accept credit/debit cards only; no cash or checks.

Reserve now: https://jwna.checkfront.com/reserve

There is no fee or reservation needed to park or to enter/hike the Natural Area.During peak hours the parking lot may reach capacity and 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.

Swimmers: We recommend arriving 15-30 minutes prior for check in and hike to well, but arriving early is not required. We will hold your reservation. If you arrive after your swim time begins, you can swim only until the end of your scheduled time block. If you arrive after your scheduled time block has ended, you will have to reschedule for another time if reservations are full.

At this time there is NO WAIT-LIST for swimming reservations and JWNA cannot contact groups to alert them of cancellations. 

HOURS & RULES

JWNA is a Day-use Only Facility open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Swimming is allowed (by reservation only) 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
NO ENTRY AFTER 5:30 p.m.

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

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.
 

PARK FEES

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

 

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

 

Other Park Amenities

Hiking Trails, Geocaching, Birding, Scenic Photography, Swimming (by reservation only), Children’s play area, Picnic areas


 

 

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 and Sundays 11:00am-5:00pm

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

 

There are no upcoming events as this time.

 

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

The entrance to Jacob’s Well Natural Area is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, TX, 78676