Swimming suspended at Hamilton Pool Preserve for foreseeable future

Swimming will not be permitted this summer at Hamilton Pool Preserve. (Mel Stefka/Community Impact Newspaper)
Swimming will not be permitted this summer at Hamilton Pool Preserve. (Mel Stefka/Community Impact Newspaper)

Swimming will not be permitted this summer at Hamilton Pool Preserve. (Mel Stefka/Community Impact Newspaper)

Swimming at Hamilton Pool Preserve will not be permitted for the foreseeable future due to the frequency of falling rocks, according to an announcement from Travis County Parks.

The well-utilized natural swimming hole located at 24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, was impacted by Texas' Winter Storm Uri.

“Following the big freeze in February rocks have been falling with increased frequency at many locations in and around the pool,” the statement said.


Preserve visitors may continue to access the beach but will not be permitted below the 50-foot waterfall or any section below the overhang.

As a result, Travis County has also closed the trail that leads underneath the overhanging cliff.



Saturday guided hikes are also suspended at Hamilton Pool until further notice, but Travis County Parks said these could resume later this summer.

County officials will be working with a geologist to assess the ongoing hazard but said they do not anticipate swimming to be allowed this summer.

Online reservations are required at Hamilton Pool Preserve every day and are currently open through the end of June. Reservations for July and the duration of the summer will become available shortly, according to Travis County Parks.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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