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“Awesome park tucked away in the hills”

Hamilton Pool Preserve
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 12 June 2010

The walk to the pool is about a quarter of a mile through mild but rocky terrain. Wearing flip flops is not recommended. You can bring in a cooler, food, alcohol - as long as it is in a can. The beach is small but there was plenty of room to lay a towel out. The water was relatively clear and great to swim or float in. There are fish in there too so don't be alarmed! There is a walkway around the inside of the cove and stairs that lead down to the waterfall/rock/point of entry on the opposite side of the beach. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had a great time hanging out for a few hours. The walk to the river is about twice as long, but not recommended. There was no beach, really no place to hang out, and a steep hill to traverse to get in the water. The river was running really slow so it would have been easy to get in and swim or float around. There are a few huge rocks to sit on or hang out on. The river was about chest deep for an adult.

3  Thank ztagirl
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

This is such a lovely jewel in the crown, unfortunately the day we went ,swiming was banned as bacteria levels were high. It is such a tranquil place, natures best.

Not the easiest of places to get to if your not fit but worth the effort in the end!

Thank naved
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

I had a chance to visit Hamilton Pool near Austin (not Kyle) in November. The weather was beautiful. It was a little chilly so the crowds were light. It's a very short drive from the west side of Austin to get to Hamilton Pool. It's a very small park and parking is limited but I had no trouble parking on this day.

The walk down the trail to Hamilton Creek can be rather steep and rough so I would not advise it for small children even though I saw some make it down (and had to be carried back up). It has been a dry year in the hill country so Hamilton Creek had very little water flowing. The first time you see the water of Hamilton Pool glistening in the sunlight is really breathtaking. The cascade was more like a drip due to the dry weather but nonetheless it was still beautiful.

The hike from the pool to the Pedernales River was nice and a bit steep at times but the river itself was disappointing because the water level was so low. I would love to make this hike again when the creek and river have a nice flow.

If you are in Austin and want to see the Hill Country, taking Bee Cave Road to Hamilton Pool Road is recommended. Visit Hamilton Pool for a while and then drive on into the Hill Country for the wide open spaces and beautiful vistas.

2  Thank rogerm001
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Reviewed 16 June 2008

This is a great place to visit. This is a preserve that has a natural pool and some hiking trails through this pristine area of the Hill Country down to the Perdenales River.

There are only 75 spots for parking, so arrive early or you'll be waiting until someone leaves. Also, make sure you call ahead before you go there, as sometimes the pool is closed due to higher than normal bacteria levels (usually happens after a rain). If the levels are low, then they open up the pool.

The water temperature is fairly cold, around 72-76 degrees I'd venture to guess, slightly warmer than Barton Springs, but definitely refreshing on even the hottest days. The water clarity is in general very good. It has an an emerald look to it.

The beach is mainly small rocks/pebbles not sand, so make sure you bring a foam mattress to put under your towel if you want to lay out. The grotto/cave area extends over a portion of the pool, which provides shade over part of the pool at all times. If you prefer the shade, you can site on that section. It's nice to have the different options.

There are several waterfalls that go over the pool, with varying power depending on how much rain has or hasn't fallen in recent days.

The trail is fairly easy to navigate, even with rafts/etc... We've hiked the trail to the river before, and that is quite nice as well,

My wife and son just took me there for a Father's Day present. I must say that I haven't had such a good day in a long while. We packed picnic lunches and made a day of it - very enjoyable.

1  Thank crazyAustin
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Reviewed 20 April 2007

Beautiful and peaceful in the mornings. Great place to take a dip/cool off in the summer. Get there early though, by noon everyone shows off, and there is limited parking since it's a nature preserve.
Short hike to the grotto/pool area.

By the way, it's in SPICEWOOD, NOT KYLE.

1  Thank sheisaeval
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