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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

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Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570 (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
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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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Great place to visit for afternoon

Part of Hamilton Pool park this is a series of caverns and collapsed caverns (just down the road at Hamilton Pool). Can be both relaxing and invigorating at the same time. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2016
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Highland Village, Texas
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Highland Village, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Part of Hamilton Pool park this is a series of caverns and collapsed caverns (just down the road at Hamilton Pool). Can be both relaxing and invigorating at the same time. We loved this area in College long ago, kids love it. It's still nice outing after many trips.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This is definitely worth the 50 minute drive out of Austin. Its a nice 90 minute tour with a fairly easy hike to a grotto with a cave and a waterfall. The guide is extremely knowledgeable. They let you hike back at your own pace so you can enjoy the serenity of the preserve without the group.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

I had a kid free weekend and decided to head out to Westcave. The tour is $10 a person and I recommend arriving early. Because it's February it wasn't too crowded. I went on the 12 pm tour which filled up about 30 minutes before we left and the 2pm was nearly full by noon. I imagine in the summer... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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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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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Houston, Texas
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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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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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2 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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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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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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