Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs: Address, Phone Number, Hamilton Pool Preserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Hamilton Pool Preserve
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William T
Quogue, NY6 contributions
May 2021
I can see why the reservations are so scarce here. We went down and looked at the pool which was beautiful, but we could not swim due to high bacteria levels. It was thus a little underwhelming especially considering we paid 30 dollars. There was a nice hike though too so perhaps so consolation.
Written May 6, 2021
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Christy B
4 contributions
Jun 2022
If you can get a reservation (they fill up fast), this is a beautiful hike and swimming area. We were there the first day they were open for swimming after it had been closed for a while due to the risk of falling rocks so we were not prepared. We hiked with a picnic and just looked at the pool, grotto and waterfall.
Written June 6, 2022
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Susan
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Such a great experience! Would definitely recommend going again. Make sure to purchase a spot in advance and have cash when you get there. There are a couple of hiking trails that are very family friendly. Our 5 and 7 year old were able to participate fully. The pool is breathtaking and very worth the entry free.
Written February 16, 2020
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Dementia-Dog
Casselberry, FL66 contributions
Sep 2021
A visit here barely beats sitting in a closet staring at a blank wall. Seriously, this place is popular only because of skilled marketing. It might have been nice back in the day, but now you can no longer walk behind the "waterfall" and I'm pretty sure swimming has been eliminated, too. There are some hiking trails, but they're nothing special either...just a walk thru the bushes with nothing of interest to look at. It was so bad that I deleted all the photos I took because it would have been too embarrassing to show them to anyone! Texas has some absolutely wonderful natural areas, but this is not one of them. It's not a dump, and nor is it polluted or unkempt. No, it simply is just boring beyond belief. And expensive! Save your money....you can be just as bored by simply staying home. Yes, my review is pretty harsh, but that's how I tend to react when scammed out of my hard-earned money.
Written March 6, 2022
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Matthew A
Hartford, NY294 contributions
Apr 2021
This was a disappointment for sure. Paying to reserve your time slot and then paying to enter the park was simply not worth it. The actual "pool" was a very quick hike to get to. It was nice to look at, the birds flying around were cool, and the big fish swimming around were interesting, but then what? With so swimming allowed it was just sort of quick and boring. On our way down to the pool the hike to the river had been closed, that was annoying as well. When we decided to leave the pool the hike to the river had opened up. The relatively quick hike down to the river was nice and easy (all of the hiking was easy). The river was beautiful. You felt alone in the middle of nowhere. Only a few other visitors seemed to make the trek down to the river. It was a nice place to lay out for a bit. The only problem with that is there is another park close by that you don't need to pay to reserve your time, it's cheaper to enter the park, and you can get to the same river. Overall this was a bummer of a trip.
Written April 12, 2021
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Tam do
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
There is currently, at the date of this review, no swimming allowed still .You cannot even access the trail under the grotto. Based on the TWO fees you have to pay to visit this park, it’s not worth it. There is a fee per car and a fee per person. Oh and also a processing fee because you have to reserve online. If the parks want more people to visit and generate income, maybe they should be working on bringing back the reasons people DO visit. Double fees is just not the move when there are other parks and attractions nearby that offer more for less of a fee.
Written June 7, 2022
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C Powell
Austin, TX2 contributions
Oct 2020
CAUTION. COVID19 RULES. Although the spot is extremely beautiful, you have to reserve ($11). Then when you get there, they charge you per person ($8 per adult) and tell you that due to Covid19, you cannot swim.

So you are being charged to look at a pool.
Written October 10, 2020
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Daisy Z
Corona, CA94 contributions
Apr 2022
You have to make a reservation, its really important to get to their website and make the reservation, they took my license at the gate and searched for the reservation. from the parking lot, its not far to reach the pool but be prepared to climb some steps. I have to be honest the pool itself was a disappointment, there's no waterfall this year due to the drought, the ranger said the waterfall had disappeared and we don't know if it will come back and they won't allow you to walk behind the pool to take pictures due to falling rocks, so 5-10 minutes at this point is enough.
Written April 27, 2022
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Jill R
Rowlett, TX135 contributions
Apr 2022
I recently visited Hamilton Pool with family from out-of-town. We wanted to show them the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Hamilton Pool did not disappoint. The pool is closed for swimming due to falling rocks and high bacteria, however, the hike is easy and pretty and the pool itself is beautiful. Reservations are required
Written April 18, 2022
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A&RCampa
San Antonio, TX47 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
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 steep with rocks
-must take your own water and snacks
-recommend an ice chest you can carry and a blanket. ( the less you carry the better)
-there is a shuttle for those who can not hike the distance but regardless you will have to walk some
-there are restrooms and Porto potties on premises (recommend you go before you hike down)
-hike around the entire pool, it's not long, nice views, there is a very short and narrow passage and stairs to climb
-no pets allowed
-you can not display or show alcoholic drinks ( you need to put them in a cup or have a koozie)
-no glass
- you can take floats
- they have life vests
-water is deep but if you plan on hanging around the sides or shallower water, take some type of water shoe. It's all rock
-there are large catfish swimming along the edge
Written May 23, 2017
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