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Visiting Hamilton Pool: 7 Things You Need To Know

If you’re visiting Austin or just a local and want to cool off for the day, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a great escape from the city! The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71. `

Visiting Hamilton Pool: Things You Need To Know

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1. What’s so special about Hamilton Pool?

This natural pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion thousands of years ago.

The area consists of 232 acres, this protected natural habitat features a jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows with water temperatures reaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. How do I get there?

Take the line 803 bus from Austin History Center Station to Westgate Transit Center
Take the line 315 bus from Westgate Transit Center
Grab a taxi from Oak Hill Plaza to Hamilton Pool Preserve.

It is also easily accessible by car.

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3. How much will it cost?

  • $8 per adult (13 to 61 years of age)
    $3 per senior (62 years of age and older)
    $0 per child (12 years of age and younger)

They do charge a vehicle fee of $12 (1 vehicle max, 8 people max).

4. How long will it take?

On average people spend 2-3 hours here.

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5. When is the best time to go?

Between July and August, when it’s warm enough to swim and free of the bacteria that comes with heavy rain. Arriving at 9am is best when the watering hole opens, as the Preserve often reaches capacity early in the day.

**Reservations are required to enter Hamilton Pool Preserve during peak summer months (May-September).

6. Where will I get the best photos?

The pool itself has plenty of ample shots for the perfect Instagram picture! The short hike to the pool also provides a beautiful backdrop for photos.

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7. Any insider tips?

  1. Hamilton Pool Preserve does not usually allow swimming after heavy rains and the threat of high bacteria, so you should always call their info line to check first.
  2. Make sure to bring cash
  3. Respect this natural wonder, take pictures, and leave only footprints!
Siobhan McKenny