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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

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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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Hours:
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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Lovely Canyon

The place is only open on Saturday and Sunday for the public. Tours were offered at 10/12/2/4 (check to make sure nothing changed before you go). We went on a Saturday morning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Thomasville, North Carolina
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Austin, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The sites are GREAT. If you like grottos, waterfall and a mild hike you need to go there.t The whole family will enjoy the place.

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The place is only open on Saturday and Sunday for the public. Tours were offered at 10/12/2/4 (check to make sure nothing changed before you go). We went on a Saturday morning and got there at around 9:20 - glad we did as they only take the first 30 people on each tour and reservations cannot be made. They have... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Seven of us did a tour of the preserve and cave. Well worth it. Out tour guide, Casey, was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. Beautiful setting. It took about 1.5 hours and only 0.5 mile walk. Highly recommended.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had a sweet little hike into the canyon (90 minutes) and the wildflowers were gorgeous. The hike down into and out of the canyon is a little strenuous for someone a little out of shape (like me) but well worth it. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the plants and geology of the area. For birders... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Trails are great, clean, quiet,peaceful. Bluebonnets as far as the eye can see. The only drawback is no dogs allowed

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Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Had never heard of Westcave but when in Austin for a wedding we had time to kill so thanks to TripAdvisor this popped up as a top attraction. I've been to Austin several times previously but had never heard of this place. Wow! What an impressive facility and the staff was so enthusiastic, competent, and pleasant. Casey was our tour... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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146 reviews 146 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great visitor's center and our guide was knowledgeable. Volunteer run but well organized and clean. Take the $10 tour. Interesting stuff.

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Harlingen, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We decided to go here after checking out what attractions were in the Austin area that we have not been to. This one came up and the reviews were very good so we decided to go. There were a choice of 4 tours of the cave today. We arrived more than the recommended 30-45 min before the tour. We selected... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Really enjoyed the guided hike. Took my seven year old along, and although she got tired towards the end, she enjoyed it as well. There were quite a few steps, and it was pretty hot. The cave and grotto were worth it, but there is also a nice prairie hike and great views of the hills and valley. Lots of... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

The guided tour was informative and was done at a leisurely pace so everyone could keep up. The caves and the grotto are beautifully preserved, and it is definitely worth seeing. We were even able to see a hibernating brown bat! If you get there early enough before you take the guided tour to the cave, you can take a... More 

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