Hamilton pool is a natural wonder located in an idyllic setting in central Texas. We’ve always wanted to visit this attraction but it had become so popular that reservations were required. In summer, it tended to be very crowded anyway so it wouldn’t have made for a very enjoyable experience. Now in the age of Covid, you still need a reservation but there is a limit to the number of visitors that are allowed in.

For us, it was an easy day trip as it’s located about forty five minutes from the greater Austin area where we currently reside. We had a two o clock reservation and there was one other car there when we arrived. Admission to this attraction was $8.00 per adult and $3.00 for seniors. Booking online secures your reservation and the fee for that was $12.00.

It’s a short twenty minute hike in, down a fairly steep rocky but well defined trail which levels out as you get closer to the pool. You can also take the 1.8 mile loop trail along a river which ends up by the pool. That trail unfortunately was closed on the day of our visit so that wasn’t an option for us.

Fall is definitely here. The air felt fresher and there was a feeling of peacefulness and serenity that was welcome in these turbulent times. A nice walk in the woods does wonders for the soul. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

Swimming which is usually permitted is now prohibited as there are no lifeguards on duty. The pool is about thirty feet deep in the center and there are quite a few catfish. There’s a waterfall that flows over the top but this late in the year it was merely a trickle. All and all, this was a great day out and we do recommend this attraction.

Turtles basking in the sun. “Keep off? What’s that about?

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