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Travel authority names favorite Texas swimming hole one of the best in America

Travel authority names Texas swimming hole one of the best in America

McKinney Falls State Park water swimming
McKinney Falls is one of the top swimming spots in the U.S. McKinney Falls State Park/Facebook

When temperatures start rising, where do you go to cool off? If you've checked out our list of natural swimming spots, then you already know that McKinney Falls State Park is one of the best in Austin — now the country. Travel Channel just named this local gem among the top 10 swimming holes in the U.S.

It's easy to see how the network fell in love with the Southeast Austin park, especially at this time of year, when Onion Creek is flush with water from the spring rains. In addition to swimming, this 700-acre park is also a major hiking and camping destination filled with historical relics.

"McKinney Falls State Park houses 8 miles of trails and one that leads to an incredible waterfall with a prehistoric past. An 8-foot-tall, rain-fed waterfall carved out of limestone cascades into a calm swimming hole underneath," Travel Channel reports.

The declaration is part of a new show called Top Secret Swimming Holes that airs Sundays at 9 pm. Others on the U.S. top 10 list range from Opal Pool in Oregon down to Ginnie Springs in Florida.

In need of a dip? McKinney Falls State Park is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm. Entry for the day is $6 per person and $20 to reserve a campsite.