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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center (formally Westcave Preserve)

24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, Austin, TX 78663
+1 830-825-3442
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Ranked #17 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Miami, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Westcave is located just a mile or so down the road from Hamilton Pool Preserve. I headed that way after my time there. They only offer guided tours, departing every two hours on the weekends. The hiks was beautiful and not very hard. There were lots of small children in the group and they handled the hike just fine. Lots... More 

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Austin, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I found Westcave Preserve on TripAdvisor today and decided to give it a try. We were not at all disappointed. A good drive from North Austin (45 mins), the drive is nice, through scenic hill country. Just a mile or so past another fantastic landmark, Hamilton Pool, is Westcave Preserve. When approaching, the grounds appeared well kept,... More 

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West Monroe, Louisiana, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Worth the walk but beware it is more difficult than advertised. I have bad knees and the walk back was very hard and not really at your own pace. All in all its beautiful

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