...the first Hays County - owned preserve includes 81.5 acres surrounding the Jacob's Well artesian spring. This ecological resource is the most significant and largest continually flowing karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country. Wildlife depend on the spring, which forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek, a few miles north of Wimberley, Texas. Limestone cliffs and native vegetation surround the spring with enchanting beauty for visitors of all ages. We hope you enjoy this popular recreational area and educational, ecological resource. Located just outside of Wimberley, it is open year round for exploration.
Swimming is seasonally permitted; May 1st through October 1st. The artesian spring, known as Jacob's Well, is the head waters to Cypress Creek and the water is contained in the Trinity aquifer below.Year round the water temperature is a constant 68 degrees. The cave system below is extremely dangerous to explore which has led to several recreational SCUBA casualties in past history due to inexperience. Thus only permitted cave diving research professionals are allowed to dive. Their effort has charted the cave system to nearly 140 feet deep at its lowest point and almost a mile in length! Restoration efforts are constantly under way to improve and enhance the delicate ecosystem here.
Guided tours at Jacobs Well Natural Area willbe offered from September 2, 2017 through May 26th, 2018. Meet at the visitor center by 9:00AM for a one hour tour led by a member of the Texas Master Naturalists. We will discuss the history of the area, Native American and pioneer impact, geology of the region, the importance of water conservation in an area prone to weather extremes, native plants and other items of interest. For more detail click here or talk with Hays County staff at 512-214- 4593. Reservations not required and there is no fee for the tour. To further enhance your visit to JWNA, beginning October 1st, JWNA Docents will be available 10A-2P, Saturdays, to share information about Jacob's Well, its relics and displays. A great follow up after taking the guided tour are the videos which can be viewed in the Nature Center.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area
is Hays County’s first nature preserve that hosts a wealth of ecological beauty and diversity. From birding trails in the north uplands to aquatic life below there is much to be enjoyed over the 81+ acres. Located just outside of Wimberley, it is open year round for exploration.
Hays County purchased Jacob’s Well Natural Area in 2010 with voter-approved park bond funds. The Parks Department is working to restore, protect and preserve the natural area for the public to enjoy. The Cultural and natural heritage of Jacob’s Well has made if an integral part of the Wimberley experience. It is a beautiful place to swim, observe birds and many other kinds of wildlife, take photos, hike, for geocaching, or have a family picnic. If you would like a more in-depth educational experience, join one of our free tours led by the Master Naturalists of Hays County. To help protect the natural area, avoid disturbing habitat, wildlife and properly dispose of trash.
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