Summary: This trail follows a small creek from Hamilton Pool to its outet into the Pedernales River. There is some very nice scenery along the trail including many varieties of plant life, rock formations, and of course the creek and river.
Trailhead: From Austin, take Highway 71 west through Bee Cave. Turn left onto FM 3238/Hamilton Pool Road. The entrance to the preserve will be on your right after approx. 13 miles. The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle. From the parking lot, the trailhead is easy to spot. When you reach the point marked Y on the map, you can follow the River trail to the left, or turn right and head to the pool itself. The pool is definitely the main attraction of the park! (Lat:30.34182 Lon:-98.1301)
Trail Guides for Hamilton Pool River Trail:
by Laurence Parent (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Hamilton Pool Preserve, 512-264-2740.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bryan Swain, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by jas on 2/6/2008
One of my favorite places in the Hill Country...you can feel god here as the 21st psalm goes through my head, he leads me beside the still waters and restoreth my soul..the place is absolutely beautiful and I hope it stays as a preserve for use to enjoy forever...
Reviewed by Bonny on 1/1/2008
My husband and I hiked the trail today 1/1 and I was pleased to find it was still green despite winter. The hike was peaceful and uncrowded; the big payoff was the Pedernales River at the end. Beautiful clear, greenish river bottom, and a gurgling creek all along the trail to the river. Of course, the pool is beautiful year-round. This is a great hike for visitors to take.
Reviewed by Maggie on 4/15/2005
I love this trail. The views are magical as you hike up the trail from Hamilton's Pool to the Perdenales River. Crystal clear streams, full of huge fish and beautiful cypress groves. It almost looks like you have stepped out of modern life and have reunited with the wild. I recomend this hike to everyone. Know that there are several steep climbs, and during the summer bring lots of water to drink. Be on the look out for snakes, there are many here. Beware along all grassy edges of Texas creeks. That is where the cotton mouths like to breed. Otherwise, you will not have any problems here, except maybe leaving!
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