Hamilton Pool Preserve, here we come!

By Meghan Overdeep
March 15, 2019

After four months spent closed to the public, Texas' not-so-best-kept secret, Hamilton Pool Preserve, is officially back in action.

Travis County Parks is now accepting reservations for dips in the historic swimming hole between now and October 31st. Because of its popularity, advance reservations are required for all visitors. But trust us when we say it's worth it.

The stunningly beautiful oasis located a 45-minute drive from Austin, became a designated nature preserve in 1990. The fresh water pool and limestone grotto were formed by the collapse of an underground river thousands of years ago. Local legend says the 8-year-old son of a rancher discovered the pool, which is fed by a 50-foot waterfall, in the 1880s. Locals and tourists have enjoyed it ever since.

You can make your reservation online by paying $11 with a credit card. Visitors are also required to pay $15 in cash per vehicle for entry for up to eight people, or $8 per person for bicyclists when you arrive at the preserve. You can choose between two time slots: morning (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) and afternoon (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm).

Visit Parks.TravisCountyTX.gov for more information.