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Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663 (Formerly Westcave Preserve)
Phone Number: +1 830-825-3442
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country...
Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave you breathless! Our expert-guided tours take visitors from an arid savannah through a limestone crevice into a sheltered canyon of lush plant life. At the head of the canyon stands Westcave, with a stunning 40-foot waterfall replenishing the emerald pool below. (Canyon Tours offered every Saturday & Sunday - weather permitting). Self Guided Hikes Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 1:30pm (no Canyon Access weekdays without prior reservation)
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BEAUTIFUL! Must visit if in the area!

We visited Westcave in November 2014 and the colors of fall were absolutely dazzling! It was simply breathtaking! There were torrential rains the few days before we visited and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Shreveport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Westcave in November 2014 and the colors of fall were absolutely dazzling! It was simply breathtaking! There were torrential rains the few days before we visited and even with the murky brown water, it was beautiful! The staff was amazing and the guide was very helpful. The cost was very reasonable ($25 for a family) and the hike... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was an amazing excursion and it took about 2 hours from start to finish. Oh and the road to get to Westcave is scary and exciting all at the same time but very navigable if you follow the posted speed limits. Once you get to Westcave you are rewarded with an amazing grotto that has been beautifully preserved. There... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful area and cool when it is hot! Take advantage of this place before it is overrun by those moving to Austin. It was wonderful long ago and still is wonderful. GO!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Wanted to check places outside of the city (plus wanted to work an appetite up by going on a small little hike before grabbing much-needed ATX BBQ), so decided on this place. Keep in mind: this is a guided tour so you can't go off on your own, except for the area outside of the "gated" hike towards the cave.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This place is gorgeous & pictures do not do justice. My kids (ages 3,4,5) & I hiked all the way down & back up. They said it was fun.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a beautiful area outside of Austin in the true Hill country. For $10 per person, you get a guided tour down into the canyon, which opens up into a beautiful, magical grotto with its own nearby cave. The cave is small, but the grotto is spectacular. The tour lasts around 2 hours, and it's capped at 30 participants... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If you've got half a day to spare at the weekend (not open to public in the week) the well worth $10 to both walk around their open spaces and go on a 1.5 hour guided canyon tour. Nice break from the city - genuinely interesting, even for a cynical old business traveller with a spare day. About a 45... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Westcave preserve is not a commercial enterprise, but run by a nonprofit organization that has preserved its delicate ecology for decades. Guided tours are available, and they have a great nature program for kids.

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Garden City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Came here based on Tripadvisor reviews and was not disappointed. Friendly staff. Interesting hike to see the grotto, waterfall and cave. We arrived at 11:30 to make the 12 tour and had no problem. Had some time to walk the inner loop and observe the many birds and flowers in bloom. This was a great way to spend a few... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were lured here by recommendations of waterfalls, grottos, great flora and a great hike. MISTAKE! You can only see those things on a weekend, and then only on a pre-booked guided tour. We drove for an hour from Austin - this place is in the middle of nowhere - only to find that all we could do was hike... More 

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Addie B, Guest Relations Manager at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, responded to this review

Hi there, We are very sorry for your disappointment. We try to make it very clear on our website, www.westcave.org/visit, that public canyon tours only occur on the weekend. Unfortunately it can be hard to convey this on a third party sites. We hope you'll be able to make it out again on a Saturday or Sunday for a Canyon... More 

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