Hamilton Pool is another Texas treasure!!! This natural wonder is located just outside of Austin to the West. You have to make reservations to go and there is no guarantee that you will be able to swim because of bacteria levels which are tested daily. Reservations are from 9-1PM and 2PM-6PM. This is my own opinion, but I think there are bats in the “grotto” and I would think that the unsafe bacteria specifically ecoli might have something to do with their poop. That’s just a guess. It’s worth the risk to make the 3 hour drive because you can still enjoy the view of this beauty which is quite spectacular. And there are plenty of other things to do in the area. Determined to go, I made the reservations months ago. Even if I had to go by myself. Fortunately, my mother-in-law, son, daughter and friend went with! Your reservation is by the carload and since we have smaller vehicles, it was worth it to rent a minivan. I looked at this day trip as a mini vacation and treated it as such! We were comfortable!
We began the 1/4 mile rough terrain to the water. It really is steep in some places and rocky, the rocks aren’t even. There isn’t anything to hang on to. People lug their coolers, chairs and floats regardless! There is no wheelchair access, which makes me sad because for people with disabilities this would be a huge challenge to go see and some would never go.
The vegetation kept the hot Texas sun away. There are lots of mesquite trees and cypress as you get towards the water. I’m standing on the “beach” here taking my first picture. This is where we laid out some towels and I called it our base camp. The beach is rocky crushed rock with good size stones. Outside of the stunning beauty of the cave like curved roof with water gently falling into a clear green massive pool, I noticed these three very large catfish at the water’s edge. They hung out there the entire time! First things first, I wanted to explore! You can walk in the cave all along it to the other side.
I thought bats were coming out of the swallow nests, but they aren’t. If you look closely, you can see the muddy nests with a hole in the middle on the ceiling.
Here is a view of the beach from the other side…
Sometimes the water that falls is quite massive, on a day like today, it was picture perfect for standing under.
Under the waterfall is the rock where people jump in. I swam around the pool. At first I thought it was going to be freezing because the water temperatures are in the 60s year round. It was cold at first, you quickly get used to it. Even though the water looks clear along the edges, it isn’t as it gets deeper. Still it’s a very pretty green. Looking up at the water falling is pretty cool as you see the droplets take the plunge. I could have spent the day here, however my crew is not the chilling type. At least not here. I’m guessing it’s because there is no cellular service.
The idea was to eat here, bringing in food. However, for this group it was a better idea to go out to lunch/dinner. We ended up going to Canyon Grill which is on lake Travis. We had another amazing view and great food! Fantastic day ! ❤