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“A special gem”

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Ranked #55 of 349 things to do in Austin
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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. (Canyon Tours offered every Saturday & Sunday - weather permitting). Self Guided Hikes Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 1:30pm (no Canyon Access weekdays without prior reservation)
Reviewed 21 August 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 Ryan was fantastic and not only taught us about the flora and fauna of Westcave but also of all the great conservation work the center does. The grotto is so peaceful and the hike is relatively easy as long as you are comfortable on steps. We even got lucky and met an armadillo along the way. I also enjoyed the uplands trail and spent some time bird watching. Really glad I made the drive out and look forward to visiting again someday.

6  Thank Chelsea S
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Reviewed 9 August 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 a place kids can learn why natural should be protected for all to see and enjoy. Once almost an unknown area of a private ranch is now protected by the park systems with schedule times for tours. You won't be disappointed and the kids will be awed.

2  Thank JoeMcCullough
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Reviewed 29 July 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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Reviewed 19 June 2017

This was my favorite part of the Dripping Springs experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm about plant and wild life was infectious. The grotto at the end of the trail was breathtaking. A magical place. Advance reservations are a must. The guided tours book up.

2  Thank Colette C
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

So, if you're a semi-experienced hiker, this might be a bit slow for you. The guide Erich was extremely nice, patient, and informative, wonderful in every way. And I'm ALL for new hikers getting their feet wet and asking lots of questions. But there is no option for solo treks. So those of us able to keep an eye open for water moccasins (yes, they are there) and careful not to leave the path for fear of poison ivy, there was a good bit of standing around listening.

That said, the grotto / cave is amazing. Gorgeous. Worth the money and the wait. Show up early or make reservations ahead of time as the tour groups filled up for us and we had to wait two hours for the next available. Closed toe tennis shoes minimum, hiking boots recommended by us. There are some slippery pieces and a lot of steps. You don't need to be in great shape, but the way back uphill is pretty steep. The uplands free hike was a decent walk, nothing strenuous, with less shade than the cave hike. Bring your bug spray and your Claritin for all the cedar / juniper. We went on a pretty hot / humid day in May (93 degrees). It was manageable because of the shade, but a cooler day might be better and less crowded.

5  Thank Kat M
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