One of the most unique and beautiful natural swimming and hiking spots in Texas sits about an hour-and-a-half drive from Killeen-Fort Hood.

Hamilton Pool Preserve, a 232-acre site at Dripping Springs, near Austin, features a 50-foot waterfall spilling over limestone outcroppings, down into a collapsed grotto and canyon, forming a large, shaded pool fed by the Pedernales River and Hamilton Creek.

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