Visit an Authentic Texas Swimming Hole: Hamilton Pool

August 26, 2013 by

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas offers an opportunity to visit the jade green waters of an authentic Texas swimming hole.

If you’re in the area, this is one stop that is definitely worth a few hours.

Hamilton Pool

Like a Fantasy Setting

Hamilton Pool is like something out of a fantasy novel. The walk down the quarter mile trail along the creek and into the canyon feels a bit surreal, like walking through a fantasy forest. The crystal clear waters of Hamilton Creek branch off the Pedernales River. If you follow it to the heart of the preserve you’ll come to Hamilton Pool and grotto.

Hamilton Pool is actually a collapsed grotto and canyon formed by thousands of years of water erosion. The creek waters spill over a limestone outcropping to form a 50 foot waterfall that spills into the pool. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle.

Water levels of the pool stay pretty consistent, and swimming is allowed when bacteria levels of the natural untreated waters are safe to the public.

Hamilton Pool Trail

Flora and Fauna

The Hamilton Pool Preserve is home to a variety flora and fauna including the Golden-Cheeked Warbler, and a large number of other birds. Various species of vegetation are also found in the area and range from semi-arid species in the uplands to riparian species in the canyon.

The uplands of the preserve include juniper and oak savannah along with a variety of wildflowers and native grasses. In the canyon itself, visitors have the opportunity to spot several rare plant species including canyon mock-orange, red bay, and chatter box orchid.

Hamilton Pool is a unique place to visit and a favorite to many. It replenishes the spirits of about 75,000 visitors each year. For more information, or to find out if the pool is open for swimming when you plan to visit, call (512) 854-9383.

Photo credits: pixajen, daveiamdaveiam

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