Krause Springs Swimming Hole Offers Camping, Grilling and Cool Fun

Entrance to Krause Springs in Spicewood, TX

Entrance to Krause Springs

We can’t get enough of Texas swimming holes in the summertime.

This year, we celebrated the beginning of our swimming hole explorations with a trip to Krause Springs in Spicewood, TX.

Located at 404 Krause Spring Rd., Krause Springs is about an hour from Austin, depending on 71-West congestion. This private property offers tent and RV camping, a serene garden, and two different swimming areas.

Krause Springs Map

Map of the Krause Springs property

What You’ll Find at Krause Springs

After parking in a dirt lot and entering through a gate, you’ll be asked to pay your entry fee.

Fees are determined by visitor age and purpose. Day fees are $6 for 12 and up, $4 for 4-11 year olds, and free for 4 and under. Camping fees are $12 for 12 and up, $6 for 4-11 year olds, and free for 4 and under. Make a note that this venue is cash only.

There’s an air compressor to fill up floaties near the entrance, and now you’re all ready to get in the water!

Krause Springs Man Made Pool

After entering, make your way down to the first swimming area

Grab a snow cone on the way down if you like.

Snow cones at Krause Springs

Snow cone trailer



Down a flight of stairs is the man-made pool at Krause Springs, surrounded by charcoal grills. One smart family we saw brought a tent to shield them from the sun. There are some shaded picnic tables and grills available.

The man-made pool is appropriate for families with little ones, or individuals with mobility issues.

Man-Made Pool at Krause Springs

Man-made pool at Krause Springs

Metal Stairs down to Krause Springs

The terrifying metal stairs down to the natural spring

Down another flight of stairs is the natural spring swimming area. The metal staircase is not for the faint of heart. There is a stone staircase that is significantly less terrifying, but we didn’t find it until we were on our way back to the parking lot to leave!

As I mentioned a second ago, the short hike across the rocks can be perilous and you really need to watch your footing. We saw a number of people slip, fortunately without sustaining injuries.

Despite the stairs and rocks, the natural spring is where the fun is at. Families bring their kids down, where everyone can enjoy the rope swing, a cave, a waterfall, and bobbing around the spring in floaties. There is quite a bit of sediment in the water that you’ll notice if you’re hanging out in a floatie. But the water temperature is extremely refreshing and that’s the bottom line when it comes to Texas summer.

Krause Springs Swimming

Krause Springs natural swimming hole

Krause Springs swimming area in Spicewood

Krause Springs Rope Swing

Rope swinging fun


We haven’t camped at Krause Springs yet, but I’ve heard from friends that it’s a great time. Would love to hear from you in a comment if you have tips to share!

Camping at Krause Springs in Spicewood, TX

Part of the camping area at Krause Springs

Butterfly Garden

A surprising feature at Krause Springs is the Butterfly Garden. This large area to the right of the entrance is absolutely gorgeous and serene.

Krause Springs Butterfly Garden

Krause Springs Butterfly Garden

You’ll find fountains, lawn chairs, a shaded seating area, a hammock, and Eric’s favorite wind chimes made by Music of the Spheres here in Austin.

Music of the Spheres Windchimes

Hammock under lovely wind chimes

The Garden is a great place to relax before or after you swim, enjoy a romantic picnic lunch, or hang out while camping.

Krause Springs Garden

Krause Springs Butterfly Garden

Eagles Nest Seating Area in Krause Springs Garden

Know Before You Go

  • Smoking, glass containers and dogs are all prohibited at Krause Springs.
  • Firewood is sold on site, but you can bring your own.
  • No reservations for tent camping – it’s offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can call 830-693-4181 to get an idea of availability before you head out.

So many people had recommended Krause Springs to us, and I’m glad we finally made the trip! We enjoyed our afternoon there and look forward to returning again soon.


@QuasiBrit asks:

I’d love to hear your Krause Springs tips. What’s your favorite part of each visit?


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  • jericho

    Please don’t ruin it.

  • Aaron Isles

    I’ve been meaning to check this place out for a while. Thanks for sharing the info and photos :)

    • Austinot

      No worries @aaronisles:disqus, if you have any questions at all, let us know.

  • Shane Hadlock

    Really appreciate this article. We are moving back to Austin, and our family has never made it here. Can’t wait to take the kids. Such a great write up! Thank you. (and we will leave it cleaner than we found it)