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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Address: 24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Phone Number:
+1 512-264-2740
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Scenic drive, worth a visit

Must knows/tips: -reservations are a MUST and are non refundable approx $12 online thru Travis county parks website (they ask the number of people max 8) -reservations are in 4hr... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Must knows/tips: -reservations are a MUST and are non refundable approx $12 online thru Travis county parks website (they ask the number of people max 8) -reservations are in 4hr blocks. AM or PM (2-6pm) but they start having you clear out 30 min prior -$15 dollars to park, cash or local check only -approx .25 mile hike some what... More 

2 Thank A&RCampa
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be ready for a long walk to the swimming hole. However, it's long worth it. Photos can be found everywhere as this is a place many people want to visit as an outdoor activity in the Austin area. It is a natural beauty.

1 Thank Wil G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Pool is now accessible by reservation through the park system. There is poison ivy on the hiking trail into the Pool. Swimming is not often allowed due to farm runoff days and snakes. Good hike and pretty grotto.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Silverthorne, Colorado
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86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time! Do make reservations well in advance. We were trying to go on a week day in May, and we had to delay our trip a day because they were sold out! We walked around the entire pool, which we recommend. It's wonderful to see it from all 360 degrees. Some people brought folding chairs and... More 

1 Thank Susan K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,346 reviews
712 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So i drove out here on a Saturday not realizing you needed a reservation now. They were booked the entire weekend and offered up an apology but it was a bit frustrating in the way they handle things out here. Definitely set up for locals who know the rules. Book in advance via the county website. All i got to... More 

2 Thank TryppAdams
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family went to Hamilton Pool for Mother's Day. It's gorgeous and awesome and fun and you should definitely go there. Reservations are required in the warmer months, and you will be happy that the number of visitors is limited. The "beach" area is small. I foolishly thought that the reservation fee was also the entrance fee. This is not... More 

1 Thank Carlos B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just moved to Austin 3 months ago because my husband is from here, so every weekend he lets me choose a destination to go. The last weekend in April I chose the Hamilton Pool. We were there when the park opened up in the morning as I read it's always very busy and we wanted to have a quiet... More 

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526 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Hamilton Pool simply to admire it. Fortunately, our reservations fell on a gorgeous day which made for camera ready views and quite a happy crowd of swimmers. The path down to the pool is steep and uneven so make sure you're prepared with good shoes and a walking stick if you have any mobility issues. There are... More 

Thank Jewelsworld
Corpus Christi, Texas
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk to the waterfall/pool isn't too far but it's down lots of steps and an uneven rocky path. It's very shaded, beautiful scenery. The waterfall itself is small. Photos of the cave do it no justice. The pool is lovely and clear. It was very cold water, but that didn't stop my son and I from jumping right in.... More 

4 Thank sharnirose22
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now that Hamilton has instituted an online reservation system, good luck ever visiting in the summer unless you play your trip months in advance. They've also bumped the price up to $11 for a reservation, then an extra $15 entry fee per car. For $26, you can find better or cheaper places. The water can be pretty, but it's often... More 

5 Thank small_souvenir

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