Tuesday, April 12

Out with the nature: Hamilton Pool Reserve, Austin

Hamilton Pool Reserve 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. (Source: Wiki) 
The Hamilton Pool
This impromptu trip to #Austin was two weeks back. Hotel was booked 2 days before and we didn't have itinerary except to visit to the Hamilton Pool. 

After having McD breakfast, we aim straight to the nature pool. 

The pool is about an hour away west from Austin town, so we thought its a smart plan to drive straight instead of detouring. 

What we miscalculate was the park limits number of cars going in. 

We arrived around 1130 but already full and they asked us come back later...
Disappointed but I am glad that they have such rule to limit headcount to preserve the Mother Nature and that would provide great comfort to those inside. 

The young-looking guards actually explain nicely to us why no entry and provide suggestion on what time to come back.
We decided to come back tomorrow at 9am
9.15am and there's already a queue?!? This time the guards did not kick us out and nicely explain. Morning rush, prepare $15, park your car...

They explain that to all the visitors, one by one. 

Damn salute them for consistency and hospitality!
Okay, let's go!!
Ta dah! After about 13 mins easy hike, we are here!
You may realize the place isn't crowded. It's true, I think at each time they allow about 30 cars or less. It's really comfy in here and relax...you could meditate here I bet. Water flowing sound, fresh air, clear water...
#meditating lol
Then, we left the pool and went for river trail hike. Amazing views!!
See what i mean?
The end of our adventurous. Hub said better go back before it gets sunny. 😫
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd. 
Dripping Spgs, TX
78620
Park fees: $15 per vehicle (cash only)
9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily 
Tips:
1. Come early between 9:00 - 9:30 am. I heard even if you manage to get a parking, they will not let you start hiking if the pool is crowded. 

2. Swimming is allow but it's really cold. Remember to bring extra clothes to change. 

3. Wear comfy shoes for easy hike. Kids can do it easily...

#hamiltonpool #texas #dayretravel

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