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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

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Closed Now: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Great tour!

Nicole led us through a fantastic hike to the grotto and cave. She made getting educated very fun... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska
via mobile
You Have No Idea You're Still in Austin!

This guided tour of the Westcave Preseve is amazing. You'll see plants, trees and, maybe, some... read more

Reviewed July 8, 2018
Austin, Texas
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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...more
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24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570
+1 830-825-3442
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Drove out there and gate to entry was CLOSED. It was a beautiful day outside. On the way there, I did see beautiful scenery and a beautiful stream.

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Nicole led us through a fantastic hike to the grotto and cave. She made getting educated very fun! Girl knows her stuff. One of the high points of our trip. Beautiful place!

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

This guided tour of the Westcave Preseve is amazing. You'll see plants, trees and, maybe, some unusual birds. Once near the Grotto, it's a given, that there will probably be a snake! Proper attire is a must.

2  Thank dianegallagher228
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for a good adventure and hiking, don’t come to westcave. It opens at 10am, closes at 2pm A huge visitor center , but closed, no access No personal to give any instructions A llady instructed us that we had to pay...More

1  Thank renattss
Reviewed May 13, 2018

Long lines to get in, limited persons for visitation, bring own refreshments, and food. Limited bathroom access. Must be careful when walking around as could be slick. Can take nice pics. Water is refreshing. Must be a good swimmer.

1  Thank H8680XJ
Reviewed March 30, 2018

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

2  Thank Kathy K
Reviewed March 11, 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
Reviewed March 5, 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
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

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August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kathy K | Reviewed this property |
Lots of steps, elevation change... but no pressure, you can take your time. I'd say moderate.
Elsa R
March 16, 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.
Sarah T
October 13, 2015|
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Response from medbl | Reviewed this property |
As others have said, there is no public transportation to get there. It is really worth going and talking someone into taking you would get them to see it as well. Especially this time of, it really is cooling off a little... More