Krause Springs (Privately Owned) - 45 min from Austin
I could pretty much live at Krause Springs. I am convinced it is the most beautiful swimming hole in Texas. Nestled in the rocky hill country this oasis is overflowing with lush, tropical vegetation long before you reach the water. Sprawling green lawns for camping or playing on the upper property are centered around a spring-fed swimming pool that becomes a waterfall to the natural pool below. Fern-covered limestone bluffs and Cypress trees with ancient looking roots, frame the queen jewel of all the swimming holes and waterfalls available to enjoy among thirty-two spring fed creek beds onsite.
Pro-tip: Hit the pools early or late, mid-day it does tend to get a little crowded even with the limited capacity and harder to socially distance from others at the pool or on narrow paths.
Featured in the Austin American Statesman's, GET AWAY AND TAKE A DIP, Summer 2020
Featured in Secluded Waterfront Campgrounds Close to Home