The day we went to Krause Springs, we actually meant to go to Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve. Turns out it was one of those Plan-A-didn’t-happen-but-Plan-B-was-probably-better-anyway kind of days. Hamilton Pool is a historic swimming hole, which was defined as a nature preserve in 1990. It’s in the beautiful hill country area of Texas (google Texas Hill Country, it’s worth a look).
Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon (Travis County Parks website).
It looks incredible! A few Saturdays ago, we were all geared up with our friends, togs, sunscreen, snacks and straw hats, ready to have a Saturday of swimming and relaxing. Then we got there and the parks rangers told us there would be an hour and a half wait to get in! Argh! Because it is such a popular watering hole in the summer – it gets packed out. So the parks people limit the number of people that can go into the pool at any one time. It’s totally fair enough, it is a nature reserve.
Our friends asked the parks guys if there were other spots to swim close by, and they suggested a place called Krause Springs. None of us had been there, so we decided to give it a go. And I am SO GLAD WE DID!
Krause Springs is a camping and swimming site, privately owned by the Krause family for over 50 years. The lucky sods have 32 springs on their property. They have a manmade pool and a natural pool (complete with waterfall), which are both fed by cool spring water. We sat near where ‘Spicewood, Texas’ is written on the map.
It was perfect for a hot day in Texas! It was busy, but not too busy. We didn’t get to Hamilton Pool, but I have a feeling that on a mega busy Saturday the crowds might annoy me. (It’s weird… I come from a big city, but after living in Hobart the last 3 years – I’m having to readjust to crowds and waiting in queues).
It was busy but you could get your own spot to have a nap, read a book or just enjoy the shade. And the site was spread out enough that you had a few swimming options.
It was great. I’m glad the day panned out like it did because none of us had been there before, and I reckon it’s one of those places that most people simply don’t think to go.