Hidden deep within the Angelina National Forest is a swimming hole that looks so tropical, it’s hard to believe that it’s real. The bright blue water stands out against the shady pines, looking almost unnatural, and while the water isn’t dyed or photoshopped, the swimming hole was actually the result of an accident.
It was once known as Kyle’s Quarry, which was mined for its sandstone that was used to build the Galveston Sea Wall during the 1920s. In the hurry to get the stone, workers started using dynamite on the quarry… and one day, they detonated a blast right near an aquifer. Water shot a hundred feet into the air for days, until it was finally submerged.
Today, it’s privately owned, and you’ll need to call to make a reservation to visit, but it’s worth the effort. The owners have put in man-made beaches, a pavilion, and even a cabin on the shores of the swimming hole. Some even say that the water has healing qualities that quell skin irritation. It might just be the hype from the utterly unreal swimming hole’s appearance, but even if you don’t experience any mystical healings while you’re swimming in the Blue Hole, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time.