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Krause Springs is a natural swimming hole located near Spicewood, TX, just outside of Austin. It is a gorgeous oasis where cool waters, towering cypress trees, and relaxation abound.

Written by

Christine Hersh


3.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

26.4 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

3 hours

1-3 hours


All Seasons

All Seasons

Dog Friendly



Fees Permits


Yes; $7 adult day pass, $5 for children

Land Website

Krause Springs



Krause Springs is a true desert oasis - a natural swimming hole fed by 32 crisp, cool springs at an invigorating 68 degrees (even during drier seasons!). Camping, light hiking, and swimming are all available. Over the last half-century, this privately owned park has been groomed the landscape that you see today. The park is covered with large, shady cypress trees and soft moss, which is perfect for spending the day swimming and sun-bathing. Krause Springs is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and is sure to not disappoint. 

What Makes It Great

As you drive into Krause (pronounced Kr-ow-see) Springs, you are greeted by a tranquil butterfly garden laced with ethereal wind chimes. For those about experience nuptial bliss, you may choose to get married in the butterfly garden. Driving further into the 115 acres, you encounter a peaceful swimming area peaceful that is enhanced by the gigantic cypress trees.

The walk to the swimming hole is surrounded by rocky terrain and slippery pebbles, so bring sturdy river shoes and walk slowly. The serene waterfall is a focal point of the park. Behind the waterfall, there is a grotto and a phenomenal rope swing. The rope swing tends to be long so first time swingers tend to hit the water face first. Adrenaline junkies can jump off the cave. 
As you enjoy this relaxed atmosphere, you will the embody the persona of Huckleberry Finn as you swim in the Texas hill country. Be aware of the water level; you might swim into a few rocks in shallow areas though the swimming hole is never dry. You may want to bring tubes or floaties enhance your relaxation factor in the river.

 You might see wildlife at the park including butterflies, bees, fish, turtles, and small snakes. Campers should arrive early as campsites are first come first serve and weekends are busy. Most campsites provide a picnic table, fire pit, and beautiful trees under which to stake your tent or hammock. Some of the sites provide outlets. Grills and picnic tables are available for day use as well. Hiking is limited though there are plenty of unmarked areas to explore. 

Who is Going to Love It

The main gate closes at 9pm so daytrippers should wrap up hike before then. Campers should review the website to see if a burn ban is in place before your visit. Bring appropriate accommodations for food storage; raccoons are known to get into your food and scented belongings. You may want to hoist a food bag into the trees or leave food in your car. Krause can get busy on the weekends so plan your trip accordingly. Alcohol is allowed but glass is prohibited. Krause is also a good alternative to Hamilton pool which can get crowded.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The day-use fee is $7 per adult and $6 per child no matter if you stay or swim or hike. The park only accepts cash. Tent-camping sites are available on a first come first serve basis with a rate of $14 per adult and $6 per child. There are 24 RV sites available via a reservation at $14. Boaters can put in at the LCRA Park (at the end of Spur 191) and paddle into the park.
No pets are allowed in the park. Glass is also prohibited. 

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Krause Springs

404 Krause Spring Road
Spicewood, TX, 78669
30.476857, -98.152267

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