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.
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.
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.
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.
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.