Before getting stationed in Texas, I thought that the majority of the state was flat, scrubby, desert land. I had no idea that there were multiple waterfalls across the state or that many of them are near Fort Hood.
This 100+ acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sights and has belonged to the Krause family for almost 70 years. There are more than 30 natural springs in the area that fills a manmade swimming pool that flows into the natural swimming area and eventually empties into Lake Travis.
Krause Springs is only 1.5 hours away from Fort Hood. And since there are multiple springs on the property, it hasn’t closed due to the severe drought like other swimming holes in the area.
It is such a beautiful place and the owners are the sweetest. Here are 6 things that you don’t want to miss during your visit.
The main draw to Krause Springs (at least on Instagram) is the beautiful waterfall that dominates the natural swimming area.
Its moss and plant-covered cascade is the backdrop to thousands of gorgeous pictures online. You would honestly think that this lush backdrop is located in Hawaii or one of the Caribbean islands.
The kids loved swimming under the waterfall and climbing on the rocks beneath it. And of course we took lots of pictures.
To our surprise, there is more than one waterfall! We saw another one from a distance near the long staircase down to the swimming area, but decided it was too far to carry all of our stuff over to it.
And since there are hiking trails throughout the property, there could be others that I’m not aware of. It would definitely be worth a hike to check it out!
You also don’t want to miss the small cave behind the waterfall. (Unless you’re a scaredy-cat like me and then, yes, you do!)
Right behind the main waterfall there is a small cave. I went to the entrance and looked in, but once I saw all the spiders and spiderwebs, I decided I didn’t want to see anymore!
My husband went a little farther in but there wasn’t enough light to see much. But if you’re brave and think to bring a flashlight, it might be fun to explore!
Nothing says summer better than an old-fashioned rope swing into a cold creek.
My kids were too afraid to try it (I think it was mostly because of all the people watching), but all day long people were swinging from a rock ledge on the bank of the creek into its muddy waters.
Since it’s spring-fed, the water in Little Cypress Creek is a chilly 68 degrees year-round. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as clear as other springs that we’ve been to. The water was muddy, but there has been a lot of (much-needed) rain lately and there were a lot of people there stirring up the water.
I’ve seen pictures online of the natural swimming area when the water isn’t muddy, and you can see down to the mossy rocks on the bottom of the creek.
If the natural swimming area is too busy or too muddy for you, then you’re in luck. There is also a man-made swimming pool at Krause Springs.
And though the pool is man-made, the water comes from the natural springs. So, it is clear, cold, and constantly flowing.
The pool has a little rock ledge that the kids loved jumping off of. And I enjoyed sitting on the steps and watching them play.
The last thing we did before we left Krause Springs was walk through the butterfly garden. And I could have stayed there ALL DAY!
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more beautiful garden!
It was lush and full of plants both exotic and familiar. There are several fountains, benches, swings, a hammock, statues, tables, chairs, and more scattered throughout. I probably took over a hundred pictures just strolling through. (Mostly because of the new iPhone feature that identifies plants!)
If you are interested in plants or gardening at all, you definitely don’t want to miss the butterfly garden!
Giant Cypress Trees
Maybe we’re just weird. Or maybe we’ve been living in the Fort Hood area too long and have gotten accustomed to the short, scrubby cedar bushes that surround us.
BUT we were amazed by the giant cypress trees at Krause Springs! These things were massive!
Bald cypress trees have reached ages of 800-1200 years old and I’m convinced that the ones at Krause Springs are hundreds of years old.
Krause Springs was truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Not only was it lush, beautiful, and a welcome respite from the brutal 2022 Texas summer, but it was a day of family fun and together-ness.
I can’t recommend this place enough for families stationed at Fort Hood!