Shortly after I moved to Austin, I realized that every time I mentioned that I was new in town, the person I was talking to immediately followed with “Oh my gosh you have to check out” followed by a swimming hole, a walking trail, a local park, or bats.
By the time I started dating my (now) boyfriend, I realized that the list of things I needed to see had grown too long to complete in the foreseeable future. We eventually combined all of our “Austin-Must-Sees” into a google doc entitled “Austin Bucket List,” that we are still adding to at a rate more quickly than we can cross items off.
In the recent months, however; we’ve both gotten really into hiking and have visited some absolutely beautiful outdoors areas in and around Austin. And now that it’s hot and neither of us have a pool, we’ve quickly been visiting every watering hole in the nearby vicinity.
A few weeks ago we woke up early on a Sunday morning and made the short drive to Spicewood to check out Krause Springs. I’d been there once before when I first moved here with my family, but we had only stayed for a short time due to it being extremely crowded and it started pouring.
This time we had planned ahead and arrived right after 9:30am. I wasn’t super surprised to find we were the only ones there, considering it was overcast and kind of chilly. We spent the morning exploring the grounds, climbing up rocks, and climbing into some of the hollowed out Cypress trees. We especially had fun pretending the Cypress Trees were giving birth to us.(See below)
While we were exploring, the day warmed up, the sun came out, and the entire city of Austin arrived at the Springs.
It actually turned out to be a perfect day, and wasn’t nearly as crowded as the first time I visited. My boyfriend and I both enjoy people watching and eavesdropping, and this is the perfect place to do both of these.
The only downfall of the entire day was the fact that there was one of those girls camping out on the bank near us, who spent the entire afternoon taking selfies and reapplying lipstick. But who am I kidding? Even that was entertaining to watch.
Sidenote: I don’t know when or why this became so annoying to me. I suppose there may have even been a time in my life when I was one of those “makeup while enjoying outdoors activities” kind of gals, but I don’t remember. And if I was, I would absolutely expect someone else’s boyfriend to photobomb my picture while shooting me the finger.
Since it’s a private park, they allow you to bring in food and alcohol, and I would definitely suggest you do so. It makes laughing at “hammock guy” even that much more fun.
As nerdy as they are, I would also suggest you pick up a pair of water shoes. The bottom of the springs are kind of yucky and mossy, and the rocks are terribly slippery, so it might be the least embarrassing choice.
Plus I figure once I hit 30, water shoes become sort of a badge of honor. I no longer have to worry about making sure my toe nails are painted. I’m even considering picking up one of those one-piece swimsuits with the skirt on the bottom. That’s appropriate 30’s attire, right?
Anyhoo, if you live in the Austin area, or plan on making a day trip here this summer, I would move this little gem up to the top of your list of activities. Arrive as early as possible, bring something to sit on, and bring several peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with nacho cheese doritos crushed up inside…. because they are delicious.