Krause Springs A secluded waterfall flows gracefully into the crisp, cool waters of Krause Springs.  (Photo by Michael A. Murphy)

Krause Springs A secluded waterfall flows gracefully into the crisp, cool waters of Krause Springs. (Photo by Michael A. Murphy)

The 50-Foot waterfall at Hamilton Pool spills over the enormous limestone grotto that forms the great swimming hole. (Photo by Michael A. Murphy)

The 50-Foot waterfall at Hamilton Pool spills over the enormous limestone grotto that forms the great swimming hole. (Photo by Michael A. Murphy)

Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, TX

Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, TX

Drive 30 miles west of Austin to Hamilton Pool to see an amazing swimming hole/cave/waterfall that was featured in the film Tree of Life. If the weather is too cold to swim, take some time to hike there instead (and stop for BBQ at Opie's on the way home).

Drive 30 miles west of Austin to Hamilton Pool to see an amazing swimming hole/cave/waterfall that was featured in the film Tree of Life. If the weather is too cold to swim, take some time to hike there instead (and stop for BBQ at Opie's on the way home).

Because Krause Springs is the best and most beautiful place to cool off. | 42 Reasons Living In Austin Ruins You For Life

Because Krause Springs is the best and most beautiful place to cool off. | 42 Reasons Living In Austin Ruins You For Life

Hike up to Mount Bonnell and make out. | 35 Things Everyone Should Do In Austin, Texas, Before They Die

Hike up to Mount Bonnell and make out. | 35 Things Everyone Should Do In Austin, Texas, Before They Die

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