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A Visit to Hamilton Pool Preserve

Locales     |    July 26th, 2016

After talking about it for years, I finally had the opportunity to visit the unbelievably beautiful Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas. I first heard about this natural wonder from a magazine article about Texas treasures. Although the pool is only about 90 minutes from my grandmother’s home, heavy rainfall, swimming restrictions, closures and general timing issues got in the way each time I tried to visit.

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

The quarter mile hike into the pool is lovely

This year, after researching ‘the rules’, making a reservation two weeks in advance and checking the swimming hotline every day leading up to our departure, I finally made it!

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

Photo taken from the back side of the grotto looking out toward the edge of the pool

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

This gorgeous swimming hole formed when erosion from an underground river caused the rock and earth above to collapse into the water below. The result is a partially collapsed grotto surrounded by slabs of limestone, stalactites and some of the most gorgeous mossy greenery I’ve encountered in Texas. As if it wasn’t already idyllic enough, a 50-foot waterfall falls from the overhanging cliff into the pool’s jade waters.

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

Look out for catfish! I was surprised by a few while swimming.

In addition to Hamilton pool itself, the preserve has a short hiking trail leading to the Pedernales River. Fair warning though, while signage says the river is a mere 0.6 miles away, the rocky trail and 100 degree weather made it feel quite a bit longer. So don’t leave your water behind at the pool! (Like us.)

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

Scenes from the hike to the river

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

Already regretting leaving my water behind…

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

The Pedernales river in all its glory

The entire trip to the preserve was well worth the cost, time and energy. And would highly recommend it!

The photos barely do this beautiful pool justice. While it took some planning and a very early start to the day, I know I’ll be bringing my friends and family back to Hamilton Pool very soon.

Visiting Hamilton Pool Preserve on FadedSentiments.com

 


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