Hamilton Pool in Texas is a great place to visit for Empty Nesters!

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Hamilton Pool

Texas Hill Country is for Empty Nesters!

Taking a hike around Hamilton Pool in the Hill Country is fun, and easy! Hamilton Pool is an historic swimming hole, about an hour outside of Austin.  Hamilton Creek empties into the Pedernales River, spilling over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall. In Mexico, this would be known as a cenote.  I thought it would be worth a look, and I was absolutely correct.

The pool is about a mile from the entrance to the trail.  It is the Hill Country, so it is up and down, up and down. The path is rocky and uneven with plenty of gnarly roots.  I had no trouble on it, actually, I love nature and I love paths like this.  I am quite surefooted on uneven surfaces, it is only on smooth flat ground that I fall…or smooth steps.  Hamilton Pool is one of those places where generations of people have enjoyed the “swimming hole”.  The water is cool and green, and looks inviting, but unfortunately, there are times when one cannot swim because of high bacteria levels.  Today was one of those days. There are signs that will tell you yay or nay!

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

The Falls

After the hike, I could see why you would want a swim.  Whew.  So I checked out the caverns and the pool, and enjoyed some time just watching and listening to the waterfall.  It is nice and cool under the roof of the outcropping. It was nice to actually sit behind the falls as well.

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Pedernales River

I headed back after 20 minutes at the pool (since there was no swimming I didn’t stay for a long time) and somehow, I missed the turn off to the main path back to the parking lot.  Instead, I hiked an additional mile along the Pedernales River.  I have no idea how I could have missed the main path….but I was in unfamiliar territory, and I thought, great, I can see myself lost, wandering along the river to the pool and back again for hours.  I can hear Randy and the kids already, another “kooky” mom story!  Fortunately, I managed to find the path again and headed up.  And I mean UP.  The Hill Country is very hilly indeed!  So I did over 3 miles of up and down terrain.  I can hear some snickering that 3 miles is not much distance.  But hey, I am over 50 and I have a few health issues like having an erector set in my spine, 8 pedicle screws and rods holding it all together, so I am pretty happy with my hike this morning. I need action!  Anyway, if you are near Austin, Tx or in the Hill Country, take a hike to Hamilton Pool.  It is a beautiful place to relax.

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Along the path

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Yes, this is the path

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Hamilton Pool Beach

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

On a lovely evening, visit The Oasis, one of the most popular restaurants on Lake Travis. The views are panoramic! And throughout the Hill Country, you run into furry neighbors! I LOVE wild life!

Hamilton Pool, Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, Empty Nesters

Deer!

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Elnora Cameron says:

    A nice article, Tam, on a place I had not heard of. Love your description of the trail and how funny you are in describing getting lost. So entertaining!

    • Tam Warner says:

      Thanks, Elnora! The Hill Country of Texas is a wonderful place to visit, and of course I got lost! Most trees look alike. Grrr. I was mad at myself, but since I seem to get side tracked often I usually just enjoy the ride and laugh at myself. The Pedernales River Trail was quite beautiful!

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