NOTE: AS OF OCTOBER 2013, IT IS NOW ILLEGAL TO SWIM/TUBE ON THIS AREA OF THE COLORADO RIVER.
There’s some serious hotness going on outside, escape it at one of the many swimming holes in Austin: Secret Beach.
Secret Beach is down a dirt path, and hidden behind some bushes. Pretty vague, right? Don’t worry, we got your back with a step-by-step to help you find this secluded location. It’s shallow, it’s sandy, and it almost always has water; making it a perfect spot for younger kids.
Secret Beach is located inside of Roy G. Guerrero Park (map). Take E. Riverside to Grove Blvd., go aaalll the way to the end, and you will find yourself in a parking lot, facing a trail.
This trail will lead you to Secret Beach, this is what it looks like from the parking lot:
A short walk will lead you to a split, go right. The split looks like this:
Keep walking until you see a pretty sketchy right turn. This is the only part of the trail that’s even remotely difficult. The only reason it’s difficult is because it’s sand so it’s easy to lose your footing. We’ve seen people with large ice chests and small babies have a little trouble (so keep that in mind). But they always make it unscathed, so don’t worry too much about it.
Congrats, you made it!
Secret Beach is pretty sweet for families. The kiddos love playing in the sand, the water never gets that deep and the bottom is lined with rocks that are perfect for skipping (but still wear aqua socks). Bring your toy shovels and buckets for a sand castle, or just do what we do, and bury each other in the sand.
This is a swifter part of the Colorado River, so I would keep a close watch on really young kids or weak swimmers until they feel it out, just to be safe. This is a nice place to relax, sunbathe and there’s plenty of room to throw a Frisbee or a ball around.
*Please note that this is a swimming hole in Austin. Obviously, people will be there doing what they want, this can include boozin’ and smokin’. Choose your times to visit wisely, and don’t be surprised by people acting like they’re at a swimming hole in Austin at this swimming hole in Austin. Saturday at 3 pm is probably not your best bet.
*Also, please note, that any water can be somewhat dangerous during late summer in Texas. If you are not a Texan, you may not be aware of that. So we will advise you of this fact now. “If it stinks, don’t swim in it.”