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Westcave Preserve

24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, Austin, TX 78663
+1 830-825-3442
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Ranked #30 of 182 Attractions in Austin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave you breathless! Our expert-guided tours take... more » 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Pearland, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

A bit of a drive from Austin (nice scenic drive) but worth the trip. Hike down the side of cliff area to hidden pool and caves. Very interesting history of area and beautiful walk. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. Takes about 2 hours in all. Nice photo spot.

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've lived in Austin for eight years and just read about Westcave Preserve in a book about off-the-beaten-path spots in Texas. After taking the tour, I believe that this place is one of the best-kept secrets of Central Texas. The tour costs $10 per person, and knowledgeable guides take you through a savanna, wildflower meadows, by the Pedernales River, along... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A great little hide away. $10 each or $25 for a family. A guided hike that takes about 1.5 hours round trip. You start at a savannah and make your way down to a rainforest like grotto and cave. It's like stepping into another world. Our guide Casey was very knowledgeable and her passion for plants, wildlife and The Preserve... More

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Dakar, Senegal
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98 reviews 98 reviews
20 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Guided tour given every two hours (but there's a short hike/promenade you can do while waiting), this place was a great gem located just beyond the Hamilton pool area. You learn about different plants, rocks and wildlife, and the waterfall and cave area are really beautiful to visit. You feel like you're no longer anywhere near Austin (but it's still... More

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Austin, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Wonderful little jaunt right outside of Austin. Casey was an amazing and incredibly knowledgable tour guide. I would definitely go back to this spot or take people who come into town to visit.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My husband and I took a short weekend trip to Austin last weekend and decided to visit the Westcave Preserve. It was one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip! For only $10 each, we enjoyed a beautiful guided tour a 1/2 mile down into the preserve, a tour of a cave and a waterfall area, and a 1/2... More

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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The country drive was great as well as the scenery on the way. We got there right after the 2:00 tour, so we hung around and waited for the 4:00. Should have gone to a nearby area, but we weren't sure how far or how long that would take so we just waited. And there is NOTHING to do while... More

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