Hamilton Pool, Texas

While we were camping at Inks Lake State Park we spent a day at Hamilton Pool since it was nearby. This place is definitely a site to see. It is incredible. Pictures do not do it any justice. It’s much larger and grander in person. It’s $15 per car and after October 1 they don’t require reservations anymore. You have to check ahead of time to see if they are allowing swimming because sometimes they don’t. The parking lot is very small and they only allow a limited number of visitors. We went on a Thursday morning in October so there was not too many people there. We got in right away without any lines. The short hike down to the pool is pretty steep and uneven. I was shocked that they haven’t built better steps down considering how many visitors come every year. I had Elliot in a baby carrier and there were moments that I was worried about falling with him. We packed down a picnic and inflatables so we had our arms full.

Once we got down the hill the trail splits. You can go right to the pool or left 0.6 miles to see Pedernales Falls. The beach for Hamilton Pool is very small so its clear why they can only allow a small amount of people in every day. There isn’t much shade and the beach is gravel instead of sand. Here are some things I recommend bringing with you on your visit:

  • Inflatables
  • Blankets to sit on (you can leave towels in the car)
  • Shade if you don’t like the sun
  • SPF
  • Snacks
  • Water Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera


These pictures are not the best quality since I only had my GoPro with me. If you google Hamilton Pool you’ll see some amazing pictures. I hope you get a chance to visit soon! Texas amazes me. Just when I think we’ve seen every place to visit more keep popping up and blowing us away. Now I’m itching to get out and see more. Have you visited Hamilton Pool? What did you think?

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