I’ve been excited to go swimming at Hamilton Pool Preserve and see the 50-foot waterfall. I was slightly disappointed when we got there last week since swimming wasn’t allowed for the day due to the recent rain. The water flows through grazing land and can cause high level of bacteria when it reaches the pool. It’s often checked to make sure it’s safe for swimming.
As for the waterfall, there was just a trickle even if it rained recently. The drought last year or previous years have seriously affected the water levels and we needed more rain to recover. We also talked to someone who was there and he said that there was still a huge waterfall way back 2009. Nevertheless, that should not deter anyone to check out this beautiful pool. It’s an ideal place to find peace and admire mother nature’s handiwork.
“Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71. It consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows. The pool is surrounded by huge slabs of limestone that rest by the water’s edge; large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above. The ceiling and surrounding cliffs of the grotto are home to moss, maidenhair fern and cliff swallows. The Ashe juniper uplands of the preserve are home to the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Hamilton Pool is part of the Balcones Cayonlands Preserve and is a protected environment.” ~wikipedia.org