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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Hamilton Pool Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Road
Dripping SpringsTX 78620
(512) 264-2740

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Day use permit per vehicle $10, pedestrian/bicyclist per person, per day $3, trailer parking per trailer per day $3, cash and check only

Parking: Yes


Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve in 1990. Located 3/4 mile from it's confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall. The waterfall never completely dries up but will slow to a trickle during dry times. However, the pool's water level stays pretty constant, even in times of drought. 

The preserve will sometimes close due to flooding, high bacteria in the pool from heavy rain or hazardous trail conditions. Please call 512-264-2740 for current swimming conditions. Message updated daily at 9am or after a rain.


No pets

No glass containers

During spring and summer months the preserve will often reach capacity and a waiting line is formed.


9am-6pm daily, weather permitting, no entry after 5:30pm. All guests must be out when the gate closed at 6pm. 



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Reviewed on 08/02/2013

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a great place to spend the day or just a few hours. We like to take out of town guests here because it's hard to believe something so beautiful & peaceful is located just 20 minutes outside the city. But it is! And it's worth the trip.

A few tips to make the most it:

Call ahead to make sure it's open. They have to close sometimes due to heavy rains, etc.

Get there early especially in the summer. They only let so many people in at a time. And if you can go on a weekday.

It's a hike to get to the pool itself, ~1/2 mile. Wear comfortable shoes and put babies in a backpack. No strollers on this terrain.

If you're bringing a cooler, no glass. And I would suggest a smaller one that you can put over your shoulder since you will be walking a bit. The first time we went we took a large cooler not realizing we would be hiking. Let's just say it made the walk even longer lugging a giant cooler up and down.

Bring a thick blanket. There is a small beach where you can set up for the day but it is not so much sand as it is little rocks so you may even want to bring some chairs for the most comfortable seating.

The bottom of the pool is also a little rocky. You may want to wear water shoes if you or your little ones have sensitive feet.

Bring floats. Parts of the pool are really deep and a float is a nice thing to have if you don't want to tread water the whole time.

Bring cash for the entrance fee.

Have a fun and enjoy!

Hamilton Pool Preserve