We have known about Hamilton Pool long before we ever went there. When we finally went there, I couldn’t believe that it took us so long to go. It is sheer magic!
It is quite easy to get to Hamilton Pool, and definitely worth the drive.
From Austin, go west on Hwy 71 for about 18 miles. Turn left onto Hamilton Pool Road and drive approximately 13 miles. The entrance is on your right.
This is a Travis County Park, so you’ll have to pay $10 entrance fee per vehicle.
Considering what you get, this is excellent value!
Our Visit To Hamilton Pool
After parking, we started the short walk of about a quarter mile down a path to the pool. This in itself was fun because it is a partially covered path with trees growing over the top.
There are also several interesting rock formations along the way.
When we finally got to the pool, we couldn’t believe what was in front of us!
It was as if this magical place suddenly appeared before us in the forest!
On the left was a small beach where several people were sitting and enjoying the view. Some brought coolers along and were having mini-picnics.
It was still Spring at the time, but some people still brought swim suits along and were playing around in the water.
There is a path that goes all the way around the pool and under the massive rock formation hanging over the pool. We took a slow walk around the pool and often stopped to look at interesting formations along the way. We found many fossils embedded in the rock.
After walking all the way around the pool, we ended up back at the beach and sat down there for a few moments to absorb and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Hamilton Pool.
There is a small stream that runs from Hamilton Pool to the nearby Pedernales river. A maintained pathway makes the half-mile walk to the Pedernales river fairly easy. We walked down to the river and enjoyed that beautiful view as well before making our way back to the car.
Tips For Visiting Hamilton Pool
- The park typically opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
- Don’t take any pets along. They are not permitted.
- No glass containers are allowed.
- You’re not allowed to be seen drinking alcohol, so it’s best not to take any.
- Only foot traffic is allowed, so don’t take any strollers or bikes along.
- Hamilton Pool is very popular in the summer. Get there early. They only allow 75 cars in the parking lot. If the lot is full when you arrive, you’ll have to wait outside until somebody leaves.
Hamilton Pool is a magical place. If you’re visiting Austin or you’re lucky enough to live in Austin, it is one place you don’t want to miss!
We’re planning on returning there this summer… 🙂