Your Guide to Barton Springs and the Best Hot Springs in Austin

Barton Springs Pool



The mineral waters and hot springs of Texas offer a healing respite to tired travelers — as well as locals looking for a little relaxation. While some are tucked away on private land, there are a handful of natural hot springs in and around Austin that remain open to the public. Join the Porsche Austin team for a rundown of the best hot springs in Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country!

Barton Springs Pool

Many of the hot springs in the Austin and Lakeway areas aren’t exactly “hot”. That’s certainly the case for Barton Springs Pool, an outdoor swimming area fed entirely from underground springs that run a temperate temperature of 70 degrees fahrenheit. That’s good news if you’re looking to cool off from the relentless Texas heat! Historically used for purification rituals by the Tonkawa and Comanche tribes, the springs were established as a public swimming area soon after Asustin became a city. Perhaps the biggest draw of Barton Springs is its accessibility: you’ll find it right in the heart of downtown Austin.

Sculpture Falls

Located along Austin’s 7.9-mile Barton Creek Greenbelt, Sculpture Falls is a part of the Edwards Aquifer. As a result, temperatures in the waterfall and creek are about 70 degrees in the summer. Locals stop by often for cliff jumping or a pleasant picnic on the creek banks, where there’s plenty of space to spread out a blanket. Sculpture Falls is also dog-friendly and allows alcoholic beverages.

Langford Hot Springs

Langford Hot Springs are part of a series of thermal springs located Upstream of Rio Grande Village. Like other natural hot springs in the area, they are caused in part by faults formed between 18 and 23 million years ago. Groundwater circulating deep underground is heated before returning to the surface as the Boquillas Hot Springs, which then flow into the Rio Grande. When it comes to healing effects, Langford is one of the best hot springs in Austin and the surrounding area. The water here comes at a temperature of 105 degrees, and contains calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, and lithium — lending it a therapeutic value.

Krause Springs

Looking for a hot spring-themed road trip? Pack the Porsche and head about 30 miles west of Austin to Krause Springs, a privately owned site that’s open for camping and swimming. Enjoy a series of man-made pools and a natural pool fed by 32 natural hot springs on the property. Temperatures here are mild and refreshing during the hot Hill Country summers! Tent camping is available first-come-first-serve, and RV sites are available with reservations in advance.

Discover More in Austin

Looking for more ways to enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country? If you enjoyed our list of the best hot springs in Austin, check out more hidden gems in the Austin area with our local guide. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more recommendations from the Lakeway and Round Rock locals at Porsche Austin!

 

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