New Meetup: Return to Krause Springs - Camping Trip in Spicewood

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Sent on: Sunday, June 7, 2009 1:55 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The San Antonio Hiking & Outdoors Meetup Group!

What: Return to Krause Springs - Camping Trip in Spicewood

When: August 1,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: This is an overnight camping trip to a beautiful location near Spicewood (west of Austin). As most of you are probably aware, we went camping there in May, and it was really nice but it rained on us. We are hoping to go back to enjoy it in a little nicer weather.

Krause Springs is possibly the most beautiful swimming hole in the state. Situated on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek, Krause Springs is actually two swimming holes in one. As the rolling ranch land begins its rapid descent to the creek and Lake Travis, the Krause home sits at a high point with the parking lot. At the next level below the house is the spring-fed swimming pool and below that is the creek, lined with towering cypress trees and a waterfall coming over a cliff covered with ferns. There are 32 springs throughout the campground, which made it perfect for the original Native American residents and now benefits latter-day campers and swimmers. Two springs feed the 70' by 20' swimming pool at a rate of 70 gallons a minute at a temperature of about 70 degrees. The springs have never slowed down, even during severe drought. The tent camping area is in a meadow above the creek with lots of shade trees and there are lots of hiking trails.

On Saturday we will depart San Antonio for Spicewood, and after arrival we will set up camp, hike, swim, and explore. The next morning we'll have several options: either hang out some more at Krause Springs, go to some wineries or explore area, or head over to Cypress Valley Zip Lines Canopy Tours for the Canopy Challenge . (This option is only open to those who have already done the Cypress Valley zip line tour previously; several of you already pre-paid.)

Cost:
Camping is $10 per person, cash only, payable upon arrival.

Other information:
Please bring camping and hiking gear, appropriate clothing, and enough food/drinks for the weekend for everyone in your party (you will need food for lunch and dinner Saturday, and breakfast and lunch Sunday, as well as any snacks you may want). Kids are OK but no pets. No glass is allowed.

Camping is primitive, but they do have restrooms and showers available. Be sure to bring towels especially if you plan on swimming.

Carpool Information:

Park at the NE corner of Loop 1604 and 281 North behind the San Antonio Credit Union. Arrive by 8:45 am so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. Please chip in gas money for your driver.

If you're not carpooling, we will arrive at Krause Springs around 10:30-11:00 am.

We expect to be back in San Antonio late afternoon on Sunday, May 17th.

If you don't want to camp, come and join us for the day! It's only about 1.5 hrs from San Antonio.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/SAOutdoors/calendar/10597287/

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