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“Crazy crowded, not for little kids. They don't take plastic! Wear reef shoes!”
Review of Krause Springs

Krause Springs
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Spicewood
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Owner description: Krause Springs is a well-known camping & swimming site located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. It is located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin. The 115 acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years.Krause Springs has many natural sites to explore. There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the manmade pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. It's a refreshing treat to swim in the Springs during the hot summers of Texas! If camping is in your plans, there is primitive tent camping as well as 24 RV sites with water and electricity available. Guests are also welcome to relax and to stroll through the Butterfly Gardens; take time to listen to the music of the wind chimes and the fountains during your visit!
Orlando FL
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“Crazy crowded, not for little kids. They don't take plastic! Wear reef shoes!”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This place would be beautiful if it weren't so packed. I know, we went on the 4th of July, and that is a terrible weekend to judge by, probably. But the Krause family sells tickets, and if they didn't want the place to be SRO, they could limit them. Instead, it's wall-to-wall Hispanic, hipster, and white trash kids. I don't think they clean the water much, either (we found cans and other trash floating in the lower springs area), so I was more than a little concerned my kids might pick up something. One more thing: the 'springs' seem to be fed by a pump, and the 'waterfall' comes out of the pool water that dozens of kids are peeing in. It's still starting as water from the aquifer, but not necessarily bubbling out of a spring, and filtered through a pool fool of peeing kids when it arrives in the "spring-fed pool."

On top of that, a good portion of the crowd is ignorant about being courteous when it is crowded. We marked a low-traffic location as our own, where people could easier walk around than over our towels. There were still kids stomping all over our stuff, and parents didn't do squat about it. College kids blaring their radios didn't improve things, and a lot of the parents let their kids run wild in an area with lots of slippery rocks. Saw lots of folks slipping and falling trying to get to the spring pool. It's an injury waiting to happen.

Bathroom facilities: the map shows more, but there is really only one toilet and one urinal for men--probably two toilets for women--actually close to the grotto and pool. Imagine at least four hundred people and then consider how many are peeing in that pool for there to be no bathroom line there pretty much the entire time I was there. Also, there are no doors on the toilets.

With those limitations, it's still pretty. It's old, and looks kind of classic in its age, not terribly run-down as a lot of older stuff can get. I bet it'd be better in November, since the water is a constant temperature (a low 70-something, I'd guess). I just wouldn't recommend it as a place that caters to the type who needs things clean, or whose family is not very agile, because it is certainly not set up for the handicapped, nor is it really easy for even the average person to get straight to the water.

Visited July 2013
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Kyle B, Guest Relations Manager at Krause Springs, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thanks for visiting our Springs and for taking the time to write a review! I want to respond to a few of your statements.

First off, July 4th and the weekend following and/or preceding the 4th is our busiest time of the year. We have an annual fireworks show on the 4th that attracts a large crowd, and we do it as a treat for all of our loyal and new visitors. We have as many staff on hand those days to help regulate and keep the grounds clean, but you're right some visitors don't respect the beauty of our property, nor our posted rules.

The upper pool is fed by a couple of natural springs from the property, which then feed down to the lower pool. We regularly clean the upper pool, and the water constantly flows through with some of the freshest Texas spring water. The lower pool is fed with multiple springs, not just the ones from the man made pool.

We have several different bathroom facilities a short walk away from the man made pool at the top which have more urinals and toilets for our guests and swinging doors as well as showers.

There are certain parts of the property that do get pretty slippery so your suggestion to bring "reef" shoes or slip proof water shoes is a good one.

All that being said, I hope you come back to visit us during a less busy time of year so you can better enjoy the experience. Thanks again for coming to visit!
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“Krause Springs hates dogs!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

It is too bad this "park" doesn't allow canine companions. What kind of nature oasis doesn't welcome our furry friends? The Krause family must not be animal lovers. It is a shame that my family can't visit this park since it doesn't welcome our four-legged family member. They probably hate kids too.

Visited July 2013
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Kyle B, Public Relations Manager at Krause Springs, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Here at Krause Springs, we love all kinds of animals, especially dogs.

In the past we've tried allowing dogs to visit the springs and it actually wasn't anything the dogs did wrong, but it was their owners. We understand most dog owners are responsible, but there are a few bad apples out there who ruin it for others.

We're sorry if our rule of not allowing dogs at Krause Springs may have negatively affected your experience. There is a Doggy Day Care near by that would be more than happy to take care of your canine companion while you are at the Springs.

Krause Springs is also a family establishment and we welcome family members of all ages, in fact children under 4 years of age are FREE.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Adventurer's Paradise”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Krause Springs is a great place to spent a romantic day with your sweetie, but its also a great way to spend a day with a group of friends. I absolutely think that this site is for those with an adventurous spirit. You should bring proper wet/dry shoes, or be comfortable waking barefoot so that you can keep your bearings on the hike down to the springs. The rocks are smooth and wet, so hey can be slippery. I was fine with my bare feet because I looked down while walking & I remained aware of my footing. The water is definitely natural, so you should expect to spot some flora & fauna in the springs. You should also expect to hike down to the springs, so don't bring a huge cooler or a ton of gear. A small cooler with a few drinks and a towel should be all you need down by the spring. The hike isn't far, so you can go back to your campsite or car to re-up on your drinks/supplies if needed. Krause Springs is a natural wonder fit for those with an adventurous spirit, so go into the experience knowing that! As in everything else in life, you'll have a better time if you go prepared. So, I'm going to mention ONE MORE TIME: BRING PROPER FOOTWEAR! You can get changed and also shower in the beautiful spotless bathrooms, and you can picnic or grill in the picnic area. Be sure to see the hollowed out tree and check out the butterfly garden as well. Please be sure to respect this beautiful place & LEAVE NO TRACE!

Visited May 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Pretty place for picnic or camping.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Clean bathroom. Clean ,cold n fresh water . No pet allowed . So dont have to worry about "smell stuff" while you on the ground . Cheap price $6/person . $12/person for overnight. We will be back soon.

Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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120 reviews
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“A unique spring well worth the visit”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Swimming in the spring itself is worth the visit. Cool clear and inviting, with a water fall. They also are located on well kept grounds with a swimming pool, picnic tables, trails and lake access.

Visited September 2012
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