My name is Lindsay. Welcome to my guide on the beautiful Hamilton Pool Preserve in Texas. I’m a travel blogger and content creator focusing on solo travel for women. I encourage and educate women on how to discover their strength and independence through exploring the world.
Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve
Hamilton Pool Preserve is one of those “Austin Bucket List” items. After over a decade of living in Austin, I decided I needed to finally check it off my list. It’s very close to Austin and with travel mostly shut down because of COVID-19 I’m exploring more of my hometown these days. You are required to book a pass in advance – so visiting can’t be done in a spontaneous way.
Entry to Hamilton Pool Preserve is limited to pass holders and you must make a reservation in advance. You can find more information about the reservation process and purchase a pass from this website: click here for Travis County Parks website. There are two time slots available each day and once your time is over you must leave.
There is pretty much only one part of Hamilton Pool available at the moment and that’s the pool itself. All the hiking trails are currently closed. Unfortunately, swimming is currently not allowed. Although, when restrictions are lifted, swimming is the best experience on a hot day. At the moment, you will probably only need to spend around two hours here.
Even without COVID-19, the natural pool isn’t always open for swimming. Sometimes this is due to rainfall levels and the amount of bacteria floating around. You can check the website linked above for more information. The entire area of Hamilton Pool Preserve is 232 acres and normally there are hiking trails available where you can discover local flora and fauna.
Need to Know Before you Go
Austin is the closest large city (about a 45-minute drive) and there are many places to stay there. If you are looking for something smaller, there is the nearby town of Dripping Springs. I recommend staying in Austin.
After paying for your reservation, you will have to pay another entrance fee per person in your car when entering Hamilton Pool Preserve. It’s cash only so make sure you bring some green with you! Of course, it goes without saying that bringing some water, snacks and good walking shoes is a must! You have to walk about a quarter mile from the parking lot to the pool.