Getting out to discover and explore the open spaces of the Lake Travis area is a great reminder of how many amazing parks we have to take in nature, get a little bit of exercise and take the little ones out for a day in the sunshine.
In the quaint community of Dripping Springs is Founders Memorial Park, located off Ranch Road 12 just north of Highway 290. I came across this park in my Hill Country travels when I was in search of several of the area’s breweries and noticed the entrance just outside downtown Dripping Springs. After a scenic drive down the winding road into the park, you’ll be greeted with colorful playscapes, a large outdoor pool and several public football fields.
On a hot day you’re invited to enjoy the shade of the outdoor pavilions and cool off in their public pool. If swimming laps is your thing, there are a handful of roped off lanes perfect for a little aquatic exercise.
This happens to be the site of swim lessons for all ages, the Tiger Splash Summer Swim Team and can be rented out for parties as well. Officially run by the Dripping Springs Independent School District Community Education Department, you can find all of their information about clubs and camps on their website for Summer Programs. The public pool is open during the summer months starting Memorial Day Weekend.
The Katherine Cannon walking trail, which can be accessed near the entrance of the park, is ideal for a stroll through paths full of native plants. Cacti, succulents and family of deer made an appearance on my walk along the trail, which was as relaxing as it was contemplative.
All in all, it’s a great place to take the kids, have a picnic in the shade or maybe even play a game of football or two.
Founders Memorial Park (map)
490 Founders Park Rd.
Dripping Springs, TX