Krause Springs

A few weekends ago, some friends of ours invited us to camp with them at Krause Springs! I was so excited to have my first ‘camping in a tent’ experience, drive through “Hill Country Texas”, and explore some springs.

Krause Springs is a well-known camping and swimming site across Texas. The 115 acre property has 32 springs, which several feed the manmade pool and provide the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. The property also features a beautiful Butterfly Garden, a waterfall and fun rope swing! The park is covered with large, shady cypress trees and soft moss, which is perfect for spending the day swimming and sun-bathing.

Krause Springs is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.  It is located in Spicewood, Texas otherwise known as the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. 

The walk to the swimming hole is surrounded by rocky terrain and slippery pebbles so bring sturdy river shoes and walk slowly. The serene waterfall is a focal point of the park. Behind the waterfall, there is a cavern and a phenomenal rope swing. The rope swing tends to be long so first time swingers tend to hit the water face first. Adrenaline junkies can jump off the cave. 

Krause Springs is open year-round with a small admission charge, plenty of room for tent camping and 24 RV sites with hook ups. You might see wildlife at the park including butterflies, bees, fish, turtles, and small snakes. 

Campers should arrive early as campsites are first come first serve and weekends are busy. Most campsites provide a picnic table, fire pit, and beautiful trees under which to stake your tent or hammock. Some of the sites provide outlets. Grills and picnic tables are available for day use as well. Hiking is limited though there are plenty of unmarked areas to explore!


As you drive into Krause Springs, you are greeted by a peaceful butterfly garden laced with wind chimes. For those about experiencing bliss, you may choose to lie on the hammock in the butterfly garden to capture the beautiful sounds of the wind chimes. As you drive further into the property, you encounter a serene swimming area that is enhanced by the gigantic cypress trees.

Krause Springs was founded in the 1950s by Elton and Jane Krause. Over the years, the family made improvements to the property. They did all of the landscaping that makes the area look like a tropical oasis and built all of the rock picnic benches themselves.  The family still owns the park today. 

As you enjoy this relaxed atmosphere, you will capture the beauty of Krause Springs and Texas hill country.