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Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Rd.
Dripping Springs, TX, United States
TEL: (512) 264-2740
TEL: (512) 854-7275

Long privately held but open to the public because its owners didn't feel right about not sharing it, Hamilton Pool is now the centerpiece of a nature preserve run by the state. This is a Hill Country oasis, especially in summer; it is a naturally collapsed grotto with a large round pool of clear, cold water into which a waterfall pours over a fern-embellished wide shelf above. Pack a swimsuit, towel, and athletic shoes; a sign at the entrance booth, where a small admission fee is collected, signals whether swimming is permitted on any given day. But dip or not, you'll want to follow the far less-crowded trail alongside pretty Hamilton Creek to its outlet, about a half mile away, at the Pedernales River (which runs through the LBJ Ranch upriver), a prototypical Hill Country vision of green water, limestone riverbed, bald cypress trees, and low boulders for sunning.


Open / Closes
  • Admission
  • Nature Reserve
  • Natural Beauty
  • Parking Available
  • Picnic Area Available
  • Swimming

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