Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, Austin: Hours, Address, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
4.5
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Katie J
Mesa, AZ20 contributions
Amazingly beautiful
Jan 2021 • Couples
$30/person is pretty steep but if I pretend it was a generous donation for conservation I feel better about it, but I’m really glad we made the trip over there! I would love to see it in spring or fall sometime but even in the dead winter it was an amazing sight! Tour guide was very kind and informative and I understand why they need to do it this way so it can stay pristine!
Written January 23, 2021
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SuTx
Austin, TX15 contributions
Otherworldliness in Texas
Oct 2020
My group had a BLAST! There were only 10 people on our tour, and everyone was very accommodating. We didn't feel rushed at all and had plenty of time to take as many pictures as we wanted.

Our guide was super knowledgeable and clearly excited about her job and passionate about the environment.

We all had to wear masks and social distance, but since the canyon and grotto are nice and cool, it really wasn't a big deal at all for our group. The steps at the top of the canyon can be a challenge, but once you get down, you are in the shade almost the entire time.

I know it's tempting to want to rush to the actual grotto, but take your time enjoying the canyon itself. There are gorgeous flowers peaking around large trees and ferns dotting the sides of the canyon. The sounds of the river/stream are very relaxing.
Written October 15, 2020
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rocksnowsurf
Houston, TX41 contributions
Immerse yourself in nature
Aug 2020
If you appreciate nature and conservation, this place is for you. Very pretty and excellent staff and message. Trevor was also a great guide.
Written August 12, 2020
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mcfingeret
Houston53 contributions
Top notch and great job with social distancing!
Aug 2020 • Family
We were so thrilled with our grotto walking tour a few days ago! The tour was beautiful and a nice brief hike - perfect for my family. Spots fill
Up quick because they are doing an amazing job with social distancing here. We ended up with private family tour but was super comfortable with their safety protocols. A serene beautiful morning we ended up with and great outdoor space. Highly recommend!
Written August 6, 2020
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Karen Q
5 contributions
Fantastic day hike, great experience for all. A few minutes from Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country
Jul 2020
You won't believe you are in Texas, the cave, trees, waterfall, are fantastic. Beautiful place, excellent for a day trip. Our tour guide did an amazing job, they take people's safety very seriously and their COVID plan works very well.

We had a great time, my daughter loved it.
Written July 10, 2020
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Canyonite
Canyon Lake, TX54 contributions
A Wonderful Texas Gem
Jun 2020
We were able to take our grandsons on this tour this week. It is amazing. To find such an oasis in the middle of the Texas Hill Country is really a treat. Our guide provided a lot of information about the area and the flora and fauna found here. I came to this beautiful site several times in the early 1970's when the property was privately owned. At that time, it became very trashed out and polluted. A group of us would try to haul out all the trash we could but it became over whelming. Thank goodness the Preserve was taken over to save this awesome site for future generations to see. I would highly recommended taking a tour of this property. Be advised that it can be very hot during summer months, especially on the upper part. When you descend down into the grotto area, the temperature does drop some 10 to 15 degrees but it is very humid. Take plenty of water and know your limits in the heat. Best time to visit would definitely be in the spring and fall. But do go see this Texas Gem!
Written June 27, 2020
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Ford
Austin, TX259 contributions
Perfect New Year’s Day Hike
Jan 2020 • Solo
Westcave was the perfect hike to start off the new year. The hike is about 2 miles round trip and I’d consider the difficulty as light moderate. There’s a steep grade, but there is a handrail for support. The way back up will definitely get your heart pumping. Definitely check out this hike if you love the hill country.
Written March 8, 2020
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Linda
Austin, TX213 contributions
Westcave Discovery Center
Apr 2019
Took grandson here to visit. Enjoyed the hike to the caves, got to see various botanicals and a few snakes resting in the sun. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area. Very much worth the trip out!
Written January 31, 2020
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Economy Class Sass
20 contributions
Beautiful tour
Jan 2020 • Friends
The canyon was absolutely beautiful! The tour was informative, but it was a little long (about 2 hours) and repetitive at times. You cannot see the canyon without a tour though. The uplands hike was included and it was nice, but I would not pay to only do the uplands hike.
Written January 6, 2020
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Megan D
Madison, WI3 contributions
Great tour and nature walk!
Jan 2020 • Family
On a recent visit to Austin, we (including a 3 year old) stumbled upon this place. What a great discovery! Our guide, Megan, was really knowledgeable and great! It was a beautiful walk, lots of great info, and a great story of how 1 person can make a real difference in preserving nature.
Written January 5, 2020
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