Barkin' Springs

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Beach Rule: On & Off Leash
Restroom: Unknown
Swim Rule: Dog Friendly
Shower Station: Unknown
Fee: None
Description
If you're looking for the pawrfect place to take your pooch for an adventure, plan a trip to Barkin' Springs. It's one beach that has truly gone to the doggoes! Situated within Zilker Park, Barkin' Springs is found on the downstream side of the Barton Springs pool. Though Barton Springs has an entry fee of $3 and does not permit dogs to swim there, Barkin' Springs is completely free and welcomes peeps and pups to come pawrty on in the pool! The water is known for being relatively clean and pawtastically cool, making it a great place to cool off during the hot days of summer in Austin. 

Barkin' Springs is a quirky scene and attracts an eclectic group of people and their pooches, but that is part of its charm! Though alcohol was once permitted on the beach, it is now strictly prohibited and enforced by the pawlice. Be forewarned that there are some people who like to enjoy the beach topless. 

Though the signs for Barkin' Springs do say that pupperonis must be leashed here, most are not, and the pawlice allow dogs to enjoy the waters without a lead on. If your pooch is of the sort that likes to wander, it is likely best that you keep them leashed. Bring along drinking water and clean-up bags to this pawtastic swimming haven as none are provided. 

There is no sand at Barkin' Springs, but there is a large grass area leading down to a platform which is comprised of concrete and rocks. You and your main canine squeeze can relax in the grass and even enjoy a packed lunch from home there. Watch your tender tootsies on the concrete and rocks as it can get pawrifically hot and hard on the feet. When wet, it is also doggone slippery! The pool itself is subject to strong currents which pull you and your doggo downstream. 

To find Barkin' Springs, park in the lot for Barton Springs pool and walk on the outside portion of the fence. This will lead you towards the downstream area. There is a small hill that will take you along steps with an incline. Just past that is the entrance to Barkin' Springs. 

If your pooch is in the mood for a swim, bring them to Barkin' Springs. You and your best canine pal can swim your blues away in a pool that welcomes peeps and their pups with wide open paws!

Address
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
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Address
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
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