Hamilton Pool Preserve
Hamilton Pool Preserve
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Matthew A
Hartford, NY367 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dementia-Dog
Casselberry, FL65 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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C Powell
Austin, TX2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Michigan1,196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
First let me say that we were there in November, and with the lack of rainfall in Texas this year, there was no waterfall. I'm sure it's very picturesque during the rainy season but not when we were there. The pool was nothing to write home about. The river trail was enjoyable and had nice views.
Reservations are needed to enter the Preserve. Make the reservation online; it's easy and it costs $11. Once you get there you'll need to pay another $6/person, cash.
If i had driven out to this place I would have felt disappointed, but it was on our way from Austin to San Antonio, so no regrets.
Written November 27, 2022
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Robert M
Austin, TX705 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Finally had an opportunity to visit Hamilton Pool Preserve. I was meeting some friends at Commons Ford Park so I made reservations. That has GOT to be the dumbest process. Pay on-line and then pay ONLY cash in person for each person when you arrive. They have been plagued by people reserving all the spots & reselling them. Not sure this new process is helping much. Just collect all money ahead of time and only let the folks in who register. It's how practically everything else in the world works. This place is insanely popular, so it would work and reduce the # of resold tickets. Anyway, that frustration aside, it was a pleasant visit. The place is spectacular even in the dry season when I went. You hike about .25 mile down a very slick path. It's all exposed limestone that has been worn down so be very careful. This is not close to an ADA flat road, so you've been warned. At the bottom, you can go left .75 miles to the river or right a couple hundred yards to the pool. You can no longer walk behind the falls because the ceiling is now unstable but you can still enjoy the scenery. I think you can swim, but it was a no go for me in January! Definitely a place you should attempt to visit, just be prepared for a very Byzantine process and keep trying.
Written January 9, 2023
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Tam do
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mblitch
Brandon, FL80 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
No longer worth visiting.

I came here several years ago, and had a great experience walking the circumference of the pool, but since the winter of 2020 you can no longer walk u der in any overhanging spot. The only viewable spot is a small beach that allows you see less than a quarter of the site. Swimming is seems to be closed the vast majority of the time but the county still has rows of life jackets on a rack fading in the sun. Even if open the swimming area is a small roped off section.

Even the trail along the creek to the river is closed with a sign warning of fines if crossed. The walk is just 10 minutes from the parking lot.

A lot of people may want to visit after seen old images on Instagram, Pinterest, etc, but pretty much none of that is accessible or even visible today.

It simply isn’t worth the hassle of a reservation system which requires you to pay even more cash when you show up.

Until Travis County gets active and does something, visiting this site will be a disappointment and just a waste of time.
Written April 11, 2024
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Daisy Z
Corona, CA187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Chris_Columbis
Tenerife, Spain66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Definitely not worth a drive to see at this moment in time. A costly experience to see a quite underwhelming large puddle !!! Walk to the river wasn’t particularly worthwhile in terms of vista’s either. I’d give it a miss !
Written June 9, 2023
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Jill R
Rowlett, TX154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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