We drive along 281 a lot, and I’ve always wanted to visit Hancock Springs Pool in Lampasas, one of my favorite small Texas towns! The pool and pool house just look so inviting to a road-weary traveler! We’ve usually just driven past, but this time, I decided we needed to stop and spend the day exploring Hancock Springs and Lampasas!
Hancock Springs Pool is a free-flowing pool, meaning that the water comes in from the cold, artesian spring, fills the pool, and just keeps running out the other side into Sulfur Creek! This keeps the water in the pool chilly, at about 72 degrees!
The cold, clear chemical-free water feels amazing! There is a slight smell due to the naturally occurring sulfer in the water. The high mineral content of the water, which is believed to have healing properties, has brought people to these springs for centuries!
The pool is open Thursday – Saturday 12pm -7pm Sunday 1pm- 6pm.
They do 2 Moonlight Swims, June 10th and July 14th, starting at 7pm.
All I wanted to do was get in the water, so I put my camera away without getting a picture from this angle. Am I sorry? No, I am not.
I did get a couple of pictures from the front of the Hostess House, which is not open tot he public, but can be rented for special occasions!
A little history….
After our swim, we headed out along the Riverwalk, which should be called the Creekwalk since it runs along Sulfur Creek. The pretty grassy areas and bridge make for a nice way to dry off. There is also a playground, picnic tables and grills in the park.
As you would expect, the shore was also filled with kids fishing. I don’t think they care if they caught anything or not!
Afterwards, we crossed the street to Hart’s Firehouse BBQ, with a big patio under plenty of trees! Click HERE to read more!
Know Before You Go
Outside food and drinks are allowed.
Pets are not allowed.
Tubes and floats are allowed.
Things To Do in Lampasas
There’s a lot of art to be found in Lampasas, check out the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden, or head over to see the 8 murals painted around town. There’s also the giant spur, which is an interesting roadside attraction. If you like antiques, there are several cute antique shops, but my favorite is Wildflowers on the Wall, which is huge, and also has a fun soda fountain for cooling off on summer days!
I love the Historic Courthouse Square! FREE tours of the courthouse are offered every Saturday.
Lampasas is a great place to start your Colorado Bend State Park adventure! Hike to Gorman Falls, kayak the Colorado River, take a wild cave tour and SO much more!! Click HERE to read more
M & M Creekside Hill Country Retreat has cabins along Sulfer Creek, with great fishing, swimming and more! Click HERE to visit their website.
Hancock Springs Pool and Park
US 281 South, Lampasas
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