Hamilton Pool Preserve prohibits summer swimming 

Staff Report

Hamilton Pool Preserve will be closed for swimming this summer after rocks began falling into the pristine water — an issue caused by the February snowstorm. 

Snowvid has followed Texans into the summer as freezing temperatures eroded rocks from towering cliffs to fall into the pool and its surrounding areas.This safety hazard led the preserve to prohibit all swimming until further notice, and geologists are currently working to evaluate the endangerment.

Guided hikes will also be delayed and the trail below the cliffs will be closed off for visitor safety. 

Some activities will continue at the preserve for visitors who still want to enjoy a view of the natural pool. Individuals can sit at the picnic tables that overlook the 50-foot waterfall that runs through limestone outcroppings. Onlookers may even spot some of the unique wildflowers and birds this preserve holds. 

To partake in the activities, Hamilton Pool Preserve requires reservations for a visit, which can be made at www.parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks/hamilton-pool-preserve. 

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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