2023 Summer Swimming Pit Stops For Truckers – Texas edition
As you’ve recently discovered, Cox Transportation Services has merged with Outwest Express, adding five additional locations and more opportunities for our professional team of drivers, three of which are located in the great state of Texas.
Here, traveling truckers can find over 200 reservoirs and underground pools and springs, more than 80,000 miles of rivers and streams along the Rio Grande, and around 360 miles of beach across the Gulf Coast.
As we enter into the summer months, we thought it best to share a few swimming pit stops with our team to tack on to their next work road trip.
Balmorhea State Park
Located in Toyahvale, 4 miles southwest of Balmorhea on Texas Highway 17, is the Balmorhea State Park. As the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool in Texas, this Civilian Conservation Corps-built swimming hole gains an incredible fifteen million gallons of crystal clear water daily.
I.B. Magee Beach Park/Mustang Island State Park
Along the Gulf in Port Aransas are both the I.B. Magee Beach Park (north-end) and Mustang Island State Park, with their soft sands and laid-back atmospheres for swimming, fishing, and camping. The 1,240-foot Horace Caldwell Pier suits well to go after the catch of the day, while many would enjoy a refreshing saltwater swim and beach nap.
Barton Springs Pool
Located in Austin, Texas, the Barton Springs Pool is a concrete-surrounding pool connected to the Edwards Aquifer, acquiring 10-80 million gallons of water daily. If up for it, travelers can also make time to hike one of the lively urban treks in the U.S.A., the trails of the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Matagorda Bay Nature Park
Another coastal stop to explore is the mouth of the Colorado River, Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Known as a peaceful hideaway, this 1,600-acre nature preserve is popular for fishermen, birdwatchers, and beachgoers. Travelers can find beach access from the LCRA, driving the FM 2031 for 6.5 miles south to the Gulf from Matagorda.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
One of the most beautiful swimming spots in Texas, near the Pedernales River, is the Hamilton Pool Preserve. Surrounded by a fifty-foot crescent-shaped cliff, is this natural sinkhole originally formed by subterranean currents from thousands of years ago. Drawing swimmers in for centuries, this cool celestial pool also includes a waterfall to top off the draw of this special location. Add this pit stop to your next trip out west, taking Texas Highway 71 west 12 miles to Hamilton Pool Road. Reservations are required May-September and can be made on their website.
Isla Blanca Park
Some of Texas’s whitest, brightest beaches are found on South Padre Island, in Isla Blanca Park. This picturesque find brings a tropical island vibe to Texas with its coastal breezes and bright sun. Cross the Queen Isabella Causeway and turn right on Padre Boulevard to spend a day at this beautiful sandy park.
Found in Spicewood is the Krause Springs, a 115-acre spot for camping and swimming located in the Hill Country of Texas, approximately 30 miles northwest of Austin. With over 30 surrounding springs, many feed into this man-made pool, flowing into Lake Travis nearby,
On your next trip out west to Texas, we hope you’re able to find the time to venture out to one of the many Texas swimming spots for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Cheers to our first summer with Outwest Express!