Jacob’s Well Natural Area

                               

                         

                         

     

 

Swimming at Jacob's Well Natural Area is allowed from May 1st - September 30th BY RESERVATION ONLY. Swimming is NOT allowed from October 1st - April 30th.  We do not have a wait list for swimming and cannot accept walk-ups. Reservations for the upcoming 2019 swim season are currently available and can be made by clicking the link below. Each reservation guarantees two hours of swimming in Jacob's Well. Please see rules and fees below.

Please click the following link to make a reservation:

 

jwna.checkfront.com/reserve

 

*Reservations must be PAID IN FULL in order for them to be saved in our system*

 

TO CREATE A RESERVATION: Click the link above and select the time and date on which you wish to visit. You will be prompted to enter in the amount of guests in your party as well as some personal contact information. Reservation fees must be paid IN FULL at the time of your reservation*. Please be sure to read all reservation rules and information thoroughly.

Each reservation guarantees two hours of swimming in Jacob’s Well. We suggest making reservations several weeks in advance In order to guarantee your swimming trip. Reservations are for a specific 2 hour time block and guests must show up for the time specified in their reservation**. Late arrival is OK and we will hold your reservation until you arrive BUT your time block remains the same and you will have less time to swim.

There is no fee or reservation needed to just enter the natural area for a hike. 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.
 

Please note:

*Any reservation left unpaid after more than 2 hours will be removed from the system and you will be required to start the process over.

*Payment for your reservation must be paid in full and will include a service fee in addition to the designated swimming fees below.

**JWNA is unable to issue refunds or rain-checks.  Reservations may not be cancelled or transferred to a different date once created.

**ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Field Trips at Jacob's Well Natural Area: Jacob’s Well Natural Area is happy to host school field trips, scout trips, homeschool groups and other interested groups.
Please contact us for more information about tours, trips, or other educational visits to Jacob’s Well Natural Area. If you are interested in JWNA as a field trip location for your school or organization, please fill out this form and email to katherine.sturdivant@co.hays.tx.us.

 

Project WILD at Jacob's Well Natural Area: Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat. The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

Several members of the Parks Department staff are certified to use the Project Wild curriculum and are able to implement those methods and activities during educational programs, field trips, and informal settings.

The JWNA Nature Center hosts Project WILD workshops from time to time. Upon completion of a workshop, attendees are then certified to utilize the Project WILD curriculum and resources as well. If you are interested, please contact us to see if there are any upcoming workshops.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Free Family Fun Days - Discover, Learn, Explore

FREE FAMILY FUN on the 1st Saturday of every month at Jacob's Well Natural Area. Staff and Master Naturalist trained volunteers will facilitate fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Come meet us at the Jacob's Well Nature Center every 1st Saturday of the month for engaging activities, crafts, and hikes!

Events will be held rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, the activities will be held indoors. Be sure to bring water and good walking shoes.

*The last Family Fun Day of the spring will be hosted on April 6th. Family programming will cease over the summer and resume in October.*

Spring Schedule:

Plants and Pollinators - Saturday, April 6th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm       Rain or Shine

Come out to Jacob's Well Natural Area to learn all about the plants and pollinators in your area! The Native Plant Society and Hays County Master Gardeners will be on site to answer your questions about native plants and discuss the importance of pollinators in the environment. In addition, Hays County Master Naturalists will be here leading some family-friendly activities, including a wildflower walk and story-time.

 

Fall Schedule:

TBD - Saturday, October 5th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

 

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

Please be sure to follow road signs in the area to ensure you reach the correct park entrance.