These waterfalls in Dripping Springs & beyond will make you want to visit now.
While Dripping Springs has gorgeous Texas waterfalls, I bet the Lone Star State didn’t cross your mind when considering waterfalls to visit, right? You’ll be surprised that Texas has these natural wonders, most of which are in the hill country. Read further to see where these Texas waterfalls in Dripping Springs, TX, are – the Texas Hill Country hiking waterfall you can visit.
The heart of Texas Hill Country has some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the US, and it is worth visiting them. Get out your hiking shoes for a fantastic hike in nature!
I’m on a mission to visit every Texas waterfall. I started in the hill country but have plenty more to see. Sadly, though, when I was there last year, the waterfalls were not falling when I was there. The area hadn’t had rain in a very long time.
In This Article:
- Blanco State Park
- Westcave Preserve Outdoor Discovery Center in Dripping Springs
- Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs
- Pedernales Falls State Park
- Dripping Springs’ hidden dripping spring
- Gorman Falls – Colorado Bend State Park
Waterfalls In Dripping Springs
If chasing waterfalls is on your agenda for summer, head to the Texas Hill Country, where you can spend a day or two seeing the water cascade down into the rivers and lakes. And, it’s probably the only time you’ll wish for heavy rains because flowing waterfalls depend on it.
The Texas Hill Country has vast plains, hills, water, and everything in between. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, cool off from the Texas heat, or simply looking for unique hiking destinations, consider visiting one of Texas’s fantastic waterfalls.
Trails to waterfalls have easy and challenging routes. You can even camp at some of the parks that have waterfalls.
Travel Pro Tip: Most Texas waterfall areas do not allow pets.
Tips On What To Pack On A Waterfall Hike
You’ll need to dress comfortably in support shoes or a good pair of hiking shoes, preferably with ankle support. Also, a walking stick would be great to use. And don’t forget your binoculars, camera, reusable water bottle, food, and snacks. You never know how long you’ll be out there.
Travel Pro Tip: Bring more water than you think you’ll need on hot summer days.
In cooler weather, dressing in layers is best. A hat and sunscreen are always a must in any weather.
Texas Waterfalls In Dripping Springs And Beyond
No doubt, Texas Hill Country has the most waterfalls in Texas. Here are six.
Blanco State Park Waterfalls
I happened upon this beautiful state park in February of this year. The grass was barely green, but that water was gorgeous – even in the winter. Just think how attractive this place will be in the spring and summer. In the summertime, swimming is allowed and so are picnics. Blanco State Park is under a 30-minute drive from Dripping Springs.
Admission fee: $5; children 12 and under are free. It is worth every penny.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
A small town with big adventures describes Dripping Springs in a nutshell. A lot is going on in this hill country town. Between this natural beauty, the wineries, and wedding venues, this area alone is worth a visit next time you head to the hill country.
Unfortunately, the swimming hole at Hamiton Creek is closed indefinitely because of falling rocks and bacteria levels. But you can hike to the falls and the pool. However, this scenic natural swimming pool in a canyon below a 50-foot waterfall surrounded by a cave is a must-see.
Be sure to read all the rules and regulations before going. Many rocks have been falling, and several areas are closed, but the entrance is open, and reservations must be made online. Hamilton Pool Preserve.
Full disclosure: I had a ticket to go but couldn’t make the time slot. So, I haven’t visited. Be sure to reserve your time online – it’s very important that you do or you won’t get in.
Admission Fee: $12 online per vehicle (reserve your spot online). The entry fee is $3-$8 per person – cash only – pay when you arrive.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
More beauty in Dripping Springs, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is not too far from Hamilton Pool and a sight. It’s truly a hidden gem. Whenever I spoke of it to locals, they had not heard of it. The hike was too much for me, and I was sore for at least three days afterward. Be prepared to hike down (and up) steep rock stairs (with guard rails). The hike is not for the weak …and bad knees!!
Self-guided hikes are permitted around the center grounds with benches along the way, but the only way to see the Grotto (cave) is with a tour guide. The tour guide tells stories of the area, including birds and trees, and why the birds rely heavily on the trees for survival. Your tour guide will take your picture (using your camera) by the Grotto. We were on our own going back up. Luckily, I found someone to hike back up with me.
Book reservations online. Plan on at least 2 hours. The website says 1.5 hours, but our hike was longer.
Admission Fee: $7-$20 – Tour the Grotto
Admission Fee to hike the Westcave Uplands on your own is $5.
Free to walk around and visit the Discovery Center.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Johnson City’s Pedernales Falls States Park is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Texas Hill Country. They are small waterfalls but still beautiful. However, I didn’t see any when I was there because the rain hadn’t fallen in quite some time. The area is still beautiful, and I could never tire of viewing the water of the Pedernales River. There is plenty of roaming around here and great for kids to run off some energy.
Pedernales Falls is located between Marble Falls and Johnson City, less than 25 miles from Dripping Springs, 30 minutes west of Austin, and 75 miles north of San Antonio. Pedernales is easily an all-day affair, especially if kids are involved!
Travel Pro Tip: Day passes sell out quickly, especially around a school break or holiday and on Saturdays.
Dripping Springs Hidden Dripping Spring
Please note – this beautiful area in Dripping Springs is on private property. But I know a way for all to see – don’t bombard her all at once – ha! This area is located downtown and across the street from the visitor’s center.
Actually, there are two ways. The first is to rent a room at the Homestead BnB on the property. That way, you’ll have free reign over the entire property, including the trail that leads to the dripping spring. OR ….go to the visitor’s center across the street and ask if someone in the office can take you there.
Looking in the middle to the left, you can see dripping water – that’s where and why Dripping Springs got its name.
Here are other reasons to visit Dripping Springs, TX.
Gorman Falls At Colorado Bend State Park
Believe it or not, I’ve been here twice and yet to see the falls. I know, I know. But we didn’t have reservations the first time we went, so we couldn’t even get into the park. The second time, I was on my way to Fredericksburg for a media trip and stopped by (after making a reservation online) and didn’t have time to hike to Gorman Falls. …And that’s the only way to see it – is to hike to it. I’ll just have to return a third time as I hear it’s worth hiking to Gorman Falls.
NOTE: If you’re wondering if Lake Marble Falls has a waterfall. It does, but it’s at the bottom of the lake.