Trails, parks, swimming holes: Experience the Georgetown area with these things to do

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Trails, parks, swimming holes and other outdoor locations offer many ways to live local in Georgetown. Here is a noncomprehensive guide to activities suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.

Fishing

San Gabriel River

Lake Georgetown

The lake’s predominant fish species include bass and catfish. Fishing is available at Cedar Breaks, Jim Hogg and Russell parks around the lake, which is located just west of Georgetown. All parks have on-site restrooms and open at 6:30 a.m. Day visitors pay an entrance fee.

San Gabriel River

Visitors can cast their reels from a number of spots along the San Gabriel River but San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., has several access points to the water’s edge.

Cool Down

Blue Hole Park

Blue Hole Park

Located at 100 Blue Hole Park Road, the scenic watering hole bordered by limestone bluffs is one of the city’s most popular spots to cool off in warm weather. The park is located along the south fork of the San Gabriel River about five blocks north of Georgetown’s downtown Square along North Austin Avenue.

Downtown Splash Pad

Located next to the Georgetown Art Center just off the Square at 816 Main St., the splash pad features a brick courtyard with water jets embedded in the ground.

San Jose Park

The park, located at 1707 San Jose St., has a variety of play options. A 1,656-square-foot water area has 15 spray features, including a shower tunnel, a post that sprays water in a bell shape, and popcorn jets that shoot water out of the ground.

Williams Drive Pool

The city of Georgetown has five outdoor public swimming pools. At 50 meters in length, the Williams Drive Pool at 3201 Williams Drive is the city’s largest.

Hike and Bike

Bicycle Share

Bicycle Share

Cyclists can explore Georgetown and the city’s miles of biking trails by checking out a bike for free at the Georgetown Visitor Center, 103 W. Seventh St., or the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Berry Springs Park and Preserve

The park, located at 1801 CR 152, features a 2.5-mile trail for biking and hiking as well as pavilions, aquatic and aviary viewing areas, and a fishing platform. The park’s trail will eventually connect to trails maintained by the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department.

Kids

Creative Playscape

Creative Playscape

This unique play area at 1003 N. Austin Ave. includes a history wall and activities that showcase Georgetown’s history from pre-settlement to the growth of modern times.

Explorer Park at Rabbit Hill Park

The “explorer dome” is the main feature of the Explorer Park area of Rabbit Hill Park, located at 1109 Blue Ridge Drive, and includes a 12-foot array of webs and play challenges suitable for children and adults.

Farmers Markets

 

Georgetown is home to three weekly farmers markets. Each is open year-round.

Wolf Ranch Town Center, Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1015 W. University Ave.
www.wolfranchfarmersmarket.com

Sun City Social Center, Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon. 2 Texas Drive. www.farmergeorge.market

Republic Square Shopping Center, Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. 900 N. Austin Ave.
www.farmergeorge.market

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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin and previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Evan is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2012 and worked as a newspaper reporter until he moved to Texas.
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