Krause Springs: A Hidden Swimming Hole near Austin!
About 30 miles northwest of Austin, nestled into the heart of Texas Hill Country, lies Krause Springs. Located in Spicewood, Texas Krause Springs is a 115 acre property full of swimming, camping, and hiking options. Founded in 1955 Krause Springs has been privately owned and operated by the Krause Family for over 50 years. Krause Springs has 32 springs, a manmade swimming pool that some of the springs feed into, and a natural swimming hole with a lush green waterfall. The spring fed water that flows at Krause Springs is a refreshing 68 degrees F year-round, making this the perfect spot to cool off during a scorching Texas summer . Krause Springs has a first come first served primitive tent camping section as well as 24 RV sites with electric and water hook ups that you can call and reserve ahead of time. So if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off and explore, this just might be the place for you!
LOCATION: 424 County Road 404 | Spicewood, TX 78669
- From Austin, take Texas Highway 71 west
- Cross the Pedernales River, drive 7 more miles
- Turn right on Spur 191
- Turn right on County Road 404
- The gates for Krause Springs are on the left
Adults (12+): $8
Children (4-11): $5
Children (under 4): Free
Adults (12+): $15
Children (4-11): $10
Children (under 4): Free
RV Campsite: $15
If you arrive after closing you will not be able to enter the property for the safety of the other guests.
Attractions at Krause Springs:
The lush green waterfall in the natural swimming area is what brings in most visitor to Krause Springs. The picturesque waterfall looks like something straight out of the jungles of Hawaii, without the price tag of having to travel that far. There are granite rocks directly underneath the trickle of water to hang out on and snap a cool picture.
Another main attraction is the rope swing off a leaning old cedar tree. Why wade in when you can swing and drop into the crisp clear waters!
If you’re bringing small kids along I highly suggest having another adult to help manage. When wet, the rocks are super slippery. That and there are several big rocks they can easily trip and hit so you want to make sure you have enough hands to help them.
Another big draw is the manmade swimming pool that the natural spring feeds into. This is the perfect area for toddler and kids alike. In the shallow end it’s only two feet. My two year old loved that he could touch the bottom without my help and so much fun walking around like a big boy in the pool.
When you’re not swimming take some time to explore the grounds. There is a beautiful butterfly garden at the entrance that is worth a stroll through. There are also several trails on the grounds that you can hike and I’ve heard there’s another hidden waterfall down one of the trails.
Things you need to know before visiting:
- Entrance is cash only
- Campers need to arrive before close, otherwise you won’t be able to get in
- Bring your sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc)
- There are no pets allowed on the grounds
- No glass containers allowed
- There is no life guard on duty
- Don’t forget to bring your floats and tubes
- Bring some water shoes with good grip as the rocks are slippery
- Reservations are for RV’s only. Tent camping is first come first served
Krause Springs: Covid-19 Procedures
- We ask that all guests practice safe social distancing while on our grounds (minimum 6’), including the pool and lower level water areas.
- We are providing hand sanitizers throughout the grounds and please wash your hands at a sink whenever possible.
- Should you be concerned about availability on Sat & Sun, please call our office at 401-236-7554 for an update on capacity. We will also be providing updates, when possible, on our social media channels.
In an effort to open as quickly & safely as possible, these are our current guidelines and procedures. We will monitor, assess and revise any of our operations, as needed, and notify you ASAP.
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