Rediscover Hamilton Pool (Hosted by Travis County)
Sunday, March 2 - 9am - noon
Balcones Canyonlands Preserve – Hamilton Pool Preserve
3 hour hike, easy, all ages Located at 24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, 78620
Please note that a $15.00 per vehicle entrance fee is required for this hike. Cash and local check only.
Please join us for an interpretive tour of Hamilton Pool Preserve, a part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP). This historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve in 1990 was later incorporated into the BCP. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. A unique natural area surrounds the pool, collapsed grotto and canyon, formed by thousands of years of water erosion. Lush plant communities, a variety of wildlife species and natural shelter attracted the area's first inhabitants.
Cultural remains date back over 8,000 years. The preserve is home to the Golden-Cheeked Warbler, and a great variety of other birds. Golden Cheeked Warblers officially start returning in the first or second week of March, so hopefully, we will be able to hear or see some on our hike.
The diverse vegetation of Hamilton Pool Preserve ranges from semi-arid species in the juniper and oak savannah uplands with a variety of native grasses and wildflowers to unique riparian species in the canyon. Several rare plant species including canyon mock-orange, red bay (western-most colony of this eastern species), and chatter box orchid are known to occur in the canyon areas along Hamilton Creek. For more information and regular park rules and hours, please visit our website at: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tnr/parks/hamilton_pool.asp
Sturdy footgear is recommended. Drinking water and other concessions are not available so please plan to bring your own. Sun block, insect repellant, and hats are recommended. Please feel free to bring binoculars and/or photographic cameras. No pets are permitted within the preserve. Limited to 15 individuals. Ages 8+ welcome.
Note - the gates to Hamilton Pool do not open until promptly at 9:00 am.