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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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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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Great Hike

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Garden City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

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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103 reviews 103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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 

Austin, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
65 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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