CENTRAL TEXAS — Over the past week there has been a lot of talk about the issue of flooding after heavy rainfall passed through the area.
While the weather made for messy conditions on the roads and along Texas waterways, it allowed waterfalls and springs to swell in the region.
This weekend, many of these waterfalls and springs will remain swollen, with beautiful weather in the forecast.
KVUE Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon says to expect a mostly sunny to sunny weekend, with highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 50s.
Below are just a few of the beautiful waterfalls and springs located in Central Texas.
Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park
Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park is a stunning waterfall located two hours northwest of Austin. The waterfall is located along the Colorado River, where water from a spring falls 70 feet down to the Colorado River. In the summertime it is east to distinguish the cool water from the spring and the warm warmer water coming down the Colorado River at the point which they meet.
Gorman Falls should be on your list of places to go, but it will have to wait for now, as the park is currently closed from the recent flooding on the Colorado River.
The park is expected to reopen on November 1. For the most recent updates on when the park reopens and any alerts that are out for the park you can check, here.
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is another location impacted by flooding. It will be closed until further notice due to Barton Creek flooding into the pool during the morning of October 20th. Crews will be working to clear debris from the pool before reopening it.
After Barton Springs pool has been reopened it is a place you will want to go. Located at Austin's beautiful Zilker Park, it offers residents a nice place to relax by the water and a great place to cool off in the summer.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Hamilton Pool Preserve may be a spot to flock to this weekend, as it is expected to be open. Hamilton Pool is located near the Pedernales River in Travis County. It offers a large pool for swimming and gives a beautiful view of a waterfall, which pours into the swimming area.
While it is expected to be open this weekend, it sometimes will close due to levels of bacterial counts. Be sure to call their public access line to find out the most recent status on swimming before heading out there at 512-264-2740.
Jacob's Well is a beautiful, crystal clear spring located in Hays County, which offers a great spot for photography year round and swimming in the summer. While it is a place you will want to put on your list of places to go, you will have to hold off on this trip for now. Jacob's Well is closed until May 1, 2019 to work on aquatic restoration at it's location.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park is located on the Pedernales River and offers a beautiful view as water rushes down the rocky landscape. Pedernales Falls State Park is expected to be open this weekend and it should offer beautiful views as the water rushes over the limestone rock. As of Wednesday, there is a boil water notice for the area, so be sure to bring bottled water, or plan to boil water if you will be heading that way this weekend. For more information on the park you can visit the website, here.
McKinney Falls State Park
Located in Southeast Austin and just around the corner from the Texas Parks and Wildlife headquarters is McKinney Falls State Park. This waterfall offers a great place to photograph, swim and hike for Austinites and those from around the region. The park is expected to be open this weekend, but as of Wednesday a boil water notice is in place for the area, so be sure to bring bottled water, or have a way to boil water. For more information on McKinney Falls State Park you can check their website, here.
Krause Springs will be another hot spot on this comfortable weekend. It is located near Highway 71 heading toward Marble Falls from Austin. The area is great for swimming and is another spot to see one of our beautiful Central Texas waterfalls.
Finally, there is Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, which offers beautiful views of a waterfall located in a canyon full of lush vegetation. You can find Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center not far from Austin, located near the Pedernales River and Hamilton Pool Preserve. Unfortunately, as of Wednesday, the parks website stated it was closed due to poor trail conditions. The website also stated, "Please note Hammett's Crossing is not passable due to flooding on Hamilton Pool Rd. East of the Preserve." You can check on the current status of the park by accessing their website, here.
Remember to check with local parks to make sure they are open before heading out on any adventures this weekend, as there still could be more closures due to the recent flooding.
After the wet weather over the past week, beautiful weather this weekend will make for a great weekend to take advantage of seeing some of the region's waterfalls and springs.
While you're out be sure to take a picture, post it to social media, and tag KVUE so we can share it as well.