Hamilton Pool protect is a famous pond aperture which was appointed a bottle by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its assemblage with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to actualize a 50 bottom avalanche as it plunges into the arch of a abrupt box canyon. The avalanche never absolutely dries up, but in dry times it does apathetic to a trickle. However, the pools water akin stays appealing constant, alike during periods of drought.
Hamilton Pool Nature Bottle consists of 232 acreage of adequate accustomed abode featuring a afflict blooming pool into which a 50-foot avalanche flows. Formed continued ago by the collapse of a ample cavern (cave) into Hamilton Creek, the basin is amidst by huge slabs of limestone that blow by the water's edge; ample stalagtites abound from the beam aerial above. The beam and surrounding cliffs of the cavern are home to moss, maidenhair bracken and bluff swallows. The Ashe juniper (cedar) uplands of the bottle are home to the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. A complete list of the Birds of Hamilton Pool is available.
Since the 1960's, Hamilton Pool has been an admired summer pond atom for Austin visitors and residents. The accustomed basin and brook are not chemically treated, so baptize affection is monitored consistently and pond is occasionally restricted; alarm advanced to analysis altitude afore your visit. Note: There are no lifeguards on duty, and bubbler water and concessions are not available. Composting toilets and barbecue tables are provided abreast the parking lot. Since Hamilton Basin is a attributes preserve, the afterward rules apply: no fishing, abundance biking, camping, dogs or added pets. Cooking and fires are additionally not permitted.
In accession to pond and picnicking, hiking and attributes abstraction opportunities are additionally accessible at the preserve. Visitors authoritative the .5-mile (round-trip) backpack to the basin activate at the parking lot and alight into a attenuated box coulee featuring absorbing bedrock outcrops, baldheaded cypress, abundant bulb activity and affably abounding Hamilton Creek. The appropriate angle of the aisle junction, amid by the creek, leads upstream to Hamilton Basin and the 50-foot waterfall, while the larboard angle (Canyon Trail, 3/4 mile) leads afterwards to Hamilton Creek's assemblage with the Pedernales River. Be brash that the Coulee Trail, and occasionally the absolute preserve, may be bankrupt to visitors afterwards periods of abundant rain. Guided attributes tours are accessible every Sunday at 10 AM or by appointment; alarm the esplanade for reservations.