Rediscover Hamilton Pool (Hosted by Travis County)

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:

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.

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  • William B.

    We are going to have to cancel the hike this morning. Radar shows lots of rain in the area, and the area (Dripping Springs) is forecast for a 70% chance of thunderstorms between 9 am and 12 pm. We will re-schedule this hike at a later date.

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies for backing out as I have so been looking forward to this event. For those of you continuing, please be careful as I have been following the weather predictions this morning (6:15AM) and predicted 70% chance of severe thunderstorms at 10AM. I've heard the area is quite prone to flash flooding.

    March 2, 2014

  • Carol A.

    Sorry I've got to back out. Have a great hike!

    March 1, 2014

  • cresident

    How about if we meet at the parking lot by the 2nd entrance (going west from 71) at the Bee Cave Elementary School (14300 Hamilton Pool Rd) and carpool in together? We would have to leave right at 8:45a, so plan to get to the school shortly after 8:30a.

    February 20, 2014

    • Birdie W.

      Hey, Cathy, sounds like a plan. I'll see you there. Birdie

      1 · February 20, 2014

    • cresident

      Birdie - Apologies, I completely forgot that I'll be up in Mason so I won't be able to make this hike in time. ;-(

      March 1, 2014

  • Pam Fuchs (.

    Thank you Will. Decided to go with friends today instead.

    February 23, 2014

  • William B.

    People of course can meet at a separate location if they so choose; the charge at the gate is per vehicle.

    February 20, 2014

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