In: Outdoors17 Jun 2014
(map) Lake Travis may be low, but this old-school Texas swimming hole is always full of cool, clear water. The perfect way to cool off on a hot July Fourth weekend! Drive through an old-fashioned gate and then down a meandering dirt road that winds through huge oak trees. The Krause (pronounced Krow-see) family has owned this idyllic spot for over 50 years. Hugh Krause said his dad built the spring-fed swimming pool back in ’62, “then just kept adding on.”
You walk down a hill to get to the swimming pool, then a little farther down the hill to get to the actual springs.
The springs have everything you could want: natural rock formations to lounge on, a waterfall cascading into the cool water, a rope swing, even a cypress-tree-covered island to float your beer cooler around. Hugh Krause says some of these cypress trees are 1,000 years old.
Back at the top, there’s a beautiful butterfly garden with paths through purple coneflower, daisies, cannas, and ornamental grasses.
Enormous six-foot wind chimes clang in the breeze by a fern grotto. Everywhere there are fountains, benches, stone tables and chairs, urns and garden statues of bunnies and squirrels.
Krause Springs has many picnic spots, including shaded or covered tables with built-in barbecue grills. You can also camp here in a tent or bring your RV. They are planning a special fireworks show on July Fourth.