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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 - 1:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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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What a beautiful place.

We took our grandkids to Westcave for a picnic and the guided canyon tour recently. It was a beautiful, sunny day and perfect for a day at Westcave. The kids (9 & 6) enjoyed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MyZiggyMan
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandkids to Westcave for a picnic and the guided canyon tour recently. It was a beautiful, sunny day and perfect for a day at Westcave. The kids (9 & 6) enjoyed the visitor center with nature exhibits. My husband & I enjoyed the architecture of the building and the preserve. It's on a stunning piece of property... More 

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

A short hike downstairs (over 130 stairs) brings you from savannah to forest, river and horsetail. A nice little cave and a small but charming waterfall at the end of the hike. It is probably very hot in summer time, but was very pleasant in November

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3 Thank Gregory T
Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Nice way to spend a few hours. The tour to the cave is interesting and we really enjoyed it. We also walked the upper trails, not much to see in October but I am sure that during the blooming season is much better. It definitely deserves a visit. Suggestion: wear appropriate shoes since the walk down to the cave is... More 

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2 Thank 2013Anonymous
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Take the guided tour! It's worth it! Our guide was friendly, and gave us lots of history on the way down to the cave.

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1 Thank Melissa C
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Didn't realize Texas had this beautiful sight to offer. Short fun hike that ends with an amazing view and relaxing experience. Great for all ages. A must for TEXANS! Support your state.

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Thank Vita D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

It was a place with less crowd where we can spend time with family on weekend. It includes a short hike for a mail, canyon and a cave

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Cypress, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We had a nice morning visiting the Westcave Discovery Center. All the tips are guided and require a reasonable admission fee. The hole takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Our guide had lots of knowledge about the history of the limestone formations and the local geology and wildlife. The hike takes you from the welcome center along a forest trail... More 

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2 Thank mapmustang
Austin, Texas
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

A little gem in the hill country,neat place,lots of trees and animals ,afterwards go to Hamilton's Pool

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1 Thank DKinaustin
Austin, Texas
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This is a short hike down into the collapsed dome that has made an amazing natural area perfect for families and couples. This is such an interesting natural area to see plants that are not seen in the areas of land above. The springs and cool air are so relaxing. Get a group and take a tour or just go,... More 

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Thank medbl
Chicago
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91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

What a hidden gem! Great thing to do anytime during the year in Austin! Can take a guided tour and then do self trails. Amazing!

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