Hamilton Pool Preserve

Jeremy and I were in Austin, Texas mid March.  He was there for work, and I took that time to see some sights.  One of my favorite places that I got visit was Hamilton Pool Preserve.

Hamilton Pool Preserve Waterfall
Hamilton Pool Waterfall

It’s a collapsed grotto that is absolutely stunning.  In the summer it’s a favorite swimming hole to the locals, but when it’s too cold it’s a photographer and nature lovers dream.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

There were a few temperature-impaired people actually swimming when I was there.  I was curious so I dipped my toe in…  As a sane person, the water was far too cold for me to dive into.  Look at this guy though.  No way.

Hamilton Pool Preserve
To Each Their Own

Anyhow, from the parking area it’s about a 1/4 mile hike down to Hamilton Pool.  The hike along the way is gorgeous.  It is uphill on the way back though making it a bit more challenging.

Hamilton Pool Preserve Hike
Some trees growing out of the stream.

Things to know:

  • There are no concessions available.  You should bring your own water and snacks.  However, take your trash back with you!  This is a gorgeous place; don’t litter it.
  • In the summer, it gets incredibly busy and there is usually a 1.5 hour wait to get in.  Sometimes cars even get turned away because the line is too long.  Bring something to do in the car while you wait.
  • There is a bathroom in the parking area.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Sometimes swimming is not allowed because of high bacteria levels in the water.  If you are planning a fun day at this swimming hole you might want to call ahead and make sure the water is ok.
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