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.

1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX

Discover all that JWNA has to offer

Jacob's Well Natural Area is a Day Use Facility and open year long. The swimming season runs May 1st through October 1st
Reservations are required, click here.


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...
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Jacob's Well

The Artesian spring, is a favorite swimming spot in Wimberley and is also the head waters to Cypress Creek. The water is supplied to the spring by the Trinity...
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Trails for all to enjoy

Access to the spring requires a hike of approximately 1900' (580m) from the parking area.. Sturdy foot wear is advised, strollers and coolers are not advised...
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JWNA News and Information

Updated timely news, hours of operation, guidelines, regulations, maps, contact information and what to expect when visiting...
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Things to Do in the area

Complementary information; parks, rivers, facilities, vendors and other activities located within the general area.
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The Fatal Allure of Jacob's Well

Louie Bond tells of the history and the mystery of this natural wonder.On the surface, the scene is timeless.
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