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“Beautiful, A Must See”

Hamilton Pool Preserve
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Make sure you have reservations when required. An easy hike down and back and worth every step. We visited on a cool, rainy day but the beauty of this place made it worth it. Water in March was around 64 but clear and the fish were easily visible while wading. Just a spectacular piece of nautre!

4  Thank Brent B
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Boy are we glad we found this place when searching for things to do in Austin. First, the view is every bit as postcard pretty as you see in the photos online. This is a reservation only county park, with time options of 9AM-1PM and 2PM-6PM. The cost is $ 11/car for up to six occupants (if reserving online), plus an additional $15 entrance fee. More if hauling a trailer. Cash only, so be ready to pay with cash.

A bit off the beaten path to get there, it doesn't look like much when arriving. A small guard gate greets you to verify your reservation time and provide a map for the pool and hiking. Tons of parking options close to the entrance. It is a 0.25 mile hike down to the pool, with the self-guided map pointing out numbers items of interest along the way. Once at the pool, there are many places to take great photos. An alternate 0.6 mile trail is available to go down to the Pedernales River. The trails are very rocky, and steep in parts, so bring your hiking boots (not flip-flops). It's well worth the extra time to hike all 1.75 miles of available trails.

We were notified a day before our visit that swimming would not be allowed due to high bacteria levels in the water. This was a major bummer, as swimming in the hole would have been simply awesome. But it didn't ruin this visit, and we were still very glad we took the time to come here.

Pets are NOT allowed, and life vests are available at the Hamilton Pool area for those who need. No lifeguard is duty, so act accordingly.

4  Thank michiganpete7
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

This was absolutely the most amazing preserve I have visited.
It is something people of all ages should visit.
The trail was very passable & clear.
There were a few steep areas but there was a rest area on the trail.
Be sure you carry a camera because you will want to capture the beauty.

1  Thank mmrowland
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Doesn't seem like much as you are driving up. The Ranger at the entrance was a little abrupt about coming EXACTLY at 2 when we had a reservation. But once we got down to the water, it was like another world. Hidden gem!

Don't miss it - it's worth the hassle of getting there.

4  Thank Deb A
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

A short .25 mile hike takes you to the pool. Little steep at places. Once u reach the pool u are awed by the grotto. Looks very picturesque. The water was very cold and needed sometime getting used to. There are lifejackets available to use and return upon leaving.

3  Thank Mahita B
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