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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center (formally Westcave Preserve)

Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663
Phone Number: +1 830-825-3442
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Ranked #14 of 161 Attractions in Austin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

$10/person for a guided tour which takes you down a short trail, then down stairs into an area by the creek and the cave. Great fun for whole family: lots of nature to see, we saw birds, deer, squirrels, really old trees and the small cave tucked in the back, where there was a bat hibernating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

It was sooooo cold, in the 30s and wet. Wasn't sure we should even attempt to do this (especially with a two year old). It would have been a huge mistake to have missed out on this and once we got moving on the trail, we warmed right up. Do not let the weather discourage you from seeing this amazing... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to meet Otis the brown bat as well as not see any snakes! The landscape is truly breathtaking and it's amazing how nature has taken back her land from such destruction.

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Austin, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This place is absolutely beautiful! Great to combine Hamilton pool (get there early) and then head to WestCave for a tour (weekends only). The grotto is beautiful and the staff is knowledgable. If you have extra time, head to Reimers for hiking, rock climbing and/or mountain biking. This is an extremely beautiful part of Austin for the outdoor person!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Been many times in the nature but never felt that people take care to preserve the nature like in this place. It should be a must visit to all visitors of the nearby Austin. But then it might become overcrowded. So be in time to visit otherwise they won't let you see this beautiful place and get aware of the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We always take out of town guests to Westcave Preserve. A sunken river bed similar to Hamilton Pool which is close by.They have a very nice visitor center. A guide takes you down into the grotto which does involve a short hike downhill. Wear good shoes. You may see the Golden Cheeked Warbler during nesting time-if you are lucky. Take... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Westcave is a nature preserve that starts as a hike through the main terrain. As the hike continues (with a guide), you go down into a different ecosystem into an area with a grotto and a cave. This was a mild hike so children can do it. We did it on a 90 degree day and the trees provided good... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I'm so surprised this place isn't as popular, it was such a treasure! The tour lasted about two hours and went through the savannah, grotto, and cave. Everything was beautiful, but especially the grotto. They take you behind the waterfall and it is stunning. Our guide Sarah was giving the tour for the first time and she did great; they... More 

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San Angelo, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

The pictures don't do this justice! It's beautiful. The hike as well! And it's easy. We took our small children and they were able to do it. The guide was knowledgable and friendly. They let us go at our own pace on the way back. We took several pictures! We did it on a Sunday at 10:00 am. A small... More 

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