Travel just 23 miles west of Austin, Texas, there you will find Hamilton Pool Nature Reserve. Ever since the 1960’s Hamilton Pool has been a very popular summer swimming spot for visitors and residents of Austin.

The natural pool that is so much loved today was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion. Had the erosion not taken place this pool would still be hidden away underground, out of view from human eyes on the surface above.

In 1980, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cited that Hamilton Pool was the most significant natural area in Travis County. In 1990 the swimming hole was designated a preserve, which meant the land had a strict land management plan. Traffic was decreased, access now ends at 6pm, all alcohol is banned and swimming is restricted to certain time periods.

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