• Joe Perez

Hamilton Pool

My adventure takes me to Dripping Springs, Texas!


Nestled in the small town of Dripping Springs, about 23 miles west of Austin off Highway 71, Hamilton Pool Preserve has been a popular swimming hole since the 1960s. The limestone grotto formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion.

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago.


The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71.


Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon.


The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool's water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought.


The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool's water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought.


The 232-acre park is part of the Balcones Canyon lands Preserve, rendering it a protected natural habitat. Chemicals are not added to the water for treatment, so swimming is periodically restricted because of bacteria levels.


Hamilton Pool

24300 Hamilton Road Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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