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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

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24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570
+1 830-825-3442
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Volunteer Tour Guide and Assistant were great!

Really enjoyed the tour, absolutely beautiful place. Our tour guide was very personable and he did... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathy K
Fantastic Experience

Went on a Sunday morning. Arrived at 9:20 a d was car #8 at the gate. Got on the 10 o'clock tour... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2018
Anthony T
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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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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24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the tour, absolutely beautiful place. Our tour guide was very personable and he did a great job interpreting the site. I liked the leisurely pace of the return to the building. May be a problem for someone who is afraid of snakes. There...More

1  Thank Kathy K
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

Went on a Sunday morning. Arrived at 9:20 a d was car #8 at the gate. Got on the 10 o'clock tour. It was full by 9:35 so arrive early if you want the first tour. Our guide was Laura. She did a great job...More

1  Thank Anthony T
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

This was really enjoyable. Got there at 1:00 and wandered around the upland trail and looked at the exhibits in the building while waiting for the 2:00 tour. Guide was informative and trail was easy to traverse. There are quite a few steps, but it...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Visited in January. Be sure to take the tour that is on the weekend-led by friendly and knowledgeable people to an area not open to the public.

1  Thank Sue M
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

We went on the weekend when the tour was available and a very knowledgeable and friendly guide took us into the canyon to the grotto and cave. Interesting scenery, a few birds, and a fantastic look at a special area-the pool and grotto. and the...More

3  Thank sethelm
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

West Cave is one of those places where our visitors can't believe they are in Austin. They usually come here thinking they will see Texas scrub bush desert. Are usually surprised to see our hills. And, then when we visit a West Cave tour they...More

Thank Alan F
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Reviewed October 17, 2017

Go here it will be a great time! the canyon is great and I learned a lot about this area of Texas. There are only specific days where you can do tours so please check before just showing up.

1  Thank Jeremy C
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Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place to visit. Westcave is peaceful nature preserve tucked away in the hills. The park is small and intimate and you get to see a lot of wild life. The guided tour down to the grotto is a must - our guide...More

6  Thank Chelsea S
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

I use to play in the waterfalls, pools and explore the caves as a teenager and I was ALWAYS taken in by the beauty of the unusual plants and trees in this nature valley. Beautiful caves, water holes, hidden away in the country. This is...More

2  Thank JoeMcCullough
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

The walk down there was a bit slow for my kids and I but the view definitely made up for it! Don't expect to swim but it's worth the walk to see the beauty of it.

2  Thank Brittany O
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Elsa R
March 17, 2017|
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Response from Addie B | Property representative |
Please do not bring any pets to the Preserve or leave them in any vehicle. If you do so, you will be asked to leave.
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Sarah T
October 14, 2015|
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Response from Addie B | Property representative |
Unfortunately public transit does not come out this way. Your best bet would be to take a Lyft/Uber - rideshare application, although it may be pricey.
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Elizabethmtz
October 3, 2015|
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Response from Addie B | Property representative |
$10 per adult, $5 per child (4 - 12 yrs) and $25 for the immediate family for Canyon Tours of the grotto & cave
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