Sunday, August 30, 2009

Water Adventure Near Austin, Texas

Looking for some summer fun or water activity near Austin? Hamilton Pool is a well kept secret. Only 30 minutes drive outside of Austin is this very beautiful natural water hole. Perfect getaway for a lazy summer weekend. Travel Ideas: Austin

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This water hole was created by natural moving and erosion of stones. Only thirteen miles drive inside from Hwy 71 west on FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Road) takes you this oasis covered will tall trees and rocky trails. At the end of only a quarter mile trail you will come face to face with sparkling emerald green water and 50 feet tall water fall.

There is another longer trail which passes from behind the water fall and underneath the mountain, creating a Vail of waterfall in front of you. Reminds me of "Behind The Falls Adventure at Niagara Falls". Much smaller in size of course. But who would have thought of such an oasis hidden inside caverns and surrounded with tall trees only such a short drive outside of Austin.

Couple of things to keep in mind though. Pets are not allowed in the water hole area or in the parking lot. Also there is no night camping or cooking is allowed. Only Picnicking, hiking and swimming is allowed. The beach is little sandy and little bit pebbly and smaller compared to the water hole. So at some point it feels little crowded. Once on the trail there is no drinking water or restrooms either and park closes after 5:30 PM daily. When bacteria level is high, swimming is
also not allowed.

Another such very beautiful water hole is only a short drive away from Hamilton Pool is Krause Spring. Travel Ideas:Krause Springs