Picturesque doesn’t quite do justice to this beautiful area. With hiking trails, a beautiful waterfall, and cold, refreshing water, Chalk Ridge Falls might just be the perfect place to spend a hot Texas summer day!
We parked at a small parking lot overlooking the Lampasas River. There is a bathroom there, but it is awful. (No, seriously. Use the bathroom before you go or find a spot downriver…) From the parking lot, it’s a short hike down to the falls.
The hike took us over a few little bridges, including a suspension bridge, and down some stairs, but otherwise wasn’t terribly difficult. In any case, as our daughter pointed out, there’s really nothing like hiking on a hot day, getting all sweaty, and then jumping in a cold river to cool off.
We found it a bit confusing to find a good place to get in the water, but once we did, we didn’t want to leave. The water is cold and refreshing, and shallow enough that you don’t have to worry if you’re with little kids.
The waterfall is also small enough that kids can climb up and sit on the rocks, though obviously caution should be exercised as the rocks may be slippery.
There are also many small fish swimming around and our son had a great time sticking his face underwater and watching the fish.
Chalk Ridge Falls is located just outside Belton, TX, about an hour north of Austin, and roughly three hours from Houston.
Things to Know
No advance reservation was required, and it was free to enter.
There is a bit of a hike to get to the water.
The water is rocky, so I recommend water shoes.
The trails and water both offered plenty of shade.
What Can You Do There?
People came and went during our time there, and while it never got crowded, you definitely won’t have the place to yourself.
- Water Shoes – The water is fairly rocky.
- Hydration Packs – These came in very handy during our hike.