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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Fun with grand girls

We love this beautiful place! Water is always so cool and inviting. Have been taking my grands... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary Beth S
Dripping Springs, Texas
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Holiday day trip

We hadn’t been to Hamilton Pool in decades. It’s still gorgeous and extremely well protected by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love this beautiful place! Water is always so cool and inviting. Have been taking my grands there for the last several years when they visit. It is a rather small area of beach and quite a trail to traverse down to the pool but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Mary Beth S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn’t been to Hamilton Pool in decades. It’s still gorgeous and extremely well protected by the County.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Kvidnin
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Thankfully we knew enough to get tickets online before we went. We visited on a Friday morning in early October and it was fully booked. There was still plenty of room on the beach and the walking paths were not crowded. It was awesome swimming...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank capace
Reviewed December 3, 2018

When we were driving to the Hamilton Pool we saw a few signs saying that you need to book tickets online. Luckily we chose to go on a weekday because then you do not need to book a ticket, or they were slow that day...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AJICE
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the morning slot. Arriving at Hamilton Pool first thing in the morning is definitely recommended: I had the pool all to myself for 15 min, which really is a magic experience. The water is pleasantly warm,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Agnes S
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

Stunning area. It is a very easy hike to get to the pool, most should be able to do it. Totally worth it! It is definitely one of the most beautiful places i’ve ever been to, and not what you expect to be found in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank dylang73
Reviewed November 3, 2018

what a place! it's really beautiful. visited Nov. 1, the first day of the season when you DO NOT have to have a reservation. went early so not very crowded yet. water was not as cold as expected and swimming was allowed. the trail down...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mlpbjm
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Reservations were a must 9-1 or 2-6, $15 entry fee per vehicle worth every penny! Short trail with an amazing end!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank H117QQjacquelinec
Reviewed October 9, 2018

You have to make reservations ahead of time and pick a time slot to visit. Enjoyed the hike and with the control of hikers it was nice and not too crowded. It was a little cool still so no swimming. We followed the hike to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank BetsyWO O
Reviewed October 5, 2018

The hike down to the pool preserve is 1/4 mile down stairs...so take that into account when taking a large ice chest. Make reservations early as scalpers have been a HUGE problem in 2018. I attempted to book in February for May reservations an every...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank mrly13
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Kelly C
January 2, 2019|
Response from Kvidnin | Reviewed this property |
We went on Friday and there were no reservations required.
September 24, 2018|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
No idea! I doubt it though. I don't remember a parking place outside the entrance.
swati t
September 19, 2018|
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Response from Susanbellav | Reviewed this property |
It may be too cold for a swim, but if the weather is pleasant, you may want to walk around a bit .