Westcave Preserve513 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Round Mountain, TX 78663, United States, Austin
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8308253442
- Ticket Price: 10 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Cave, Forest, Landmark, Hiking Trail, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Rock Climbing, Observation Deck, Nature, Green House
If fresh air, green plants and little forest critters delight you, then prepare for a completely refreshing city-detox at the Westcave Preserve. A scenic 45 minutes drive away from North Austin and near another gorgeous landmark, the Hamilton Pool, this preserve is one of the most special things in Texas. Like many other parks in the city, this preserve aims to protect Texas’s natural flora and fauna by enthralling and educating all those who visit.
The preserve has been connecting people to nature ever since 1976, when the non-profit Westcave Preserve Corporation was set up to clean up and restore this stunning Hill Country grotto. Since then, they’ve grown and a state of the art, solar powered Environmental Learning Center and environment education curriculum have added to their mission and vision. They even have composting toilets! The entire preserve is an impressive 75 acres and is full of people hiking, trekking and climbing the area on guided tours in order to learn about the plants, flowers and trees that live here.
A guided tour will take you down into the canyon and cave, and while your guide tells you stories and fills you in on the history of how everything was created, you can take pictures galore. As you clamber through, you’ll see a 600 year old Cyprus tree, little animals flitting by your feed and if you’re lucky enough to be there during the warmer months, the wildflowers will be in full bloom and the trees will be splendid in their leafy, emerald crowns. Imagine walking through this lush beauty with just 29 other soon-to-be-friends and discovering the secrets of nature along with them. You’ll be lead to wooden observation deck and then down 100 steps, where waterfalls await you. Finally, you’ll enter a cave filled with stalagmites and the works, filled with all kinds of fascinating rock formations. After everything, you’ll get a chance to wonder around on your own and then make your way back to where you started.
Westcave Preserve Travel Tips
- Wear good walking/hiking shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Although you only stay on the trails, walking down the steps into the canyon is uneven and rocky.
- Arrive early for the tour, only the first 30 people are allowed for each.
- Look out for snakes.
- Take water with you.
Entrance Ticket Details For Westcave Preserve
- For Adult: $10
- For Kid: $5
Westcave Preserve Hours
- Each tour lasts for 2 hours.
How to Reach Westcave Preserve
- Westcave is located in southwest Travis County, approximately 45 minutes from downtown Austin.
- From Austin: Travel west on Highway 71 to the village of Bee Caves. Turn left at Ranch Road 3238 locally known as Hamilton Pool Road. Travel 14 ½ miles on Hamilton Pool Road to the Pedernales River. Westcave Preserve is the first gate on your right after crossing the river.
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19.8% of people who visit Austin include Westcave Preserve in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
48.48% of people start their Westcave Preserve visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Westcave Preserve
70.97% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Westcave Preserve
Westcave Preserve Reviews & Ratings
Lovely view and great tour. The only thing I didn't like was that the only way to see the "highlight" hike was escorted and not very challenging. But overall it was worth the stroll. I will recommend it as a nice view on the way to a "real hike'. Oh, also super good for kids, I don't have any but there were 4in my tour, very educational
100% need to go. This was great! They now have an online reservation system and it was easy to operate. Staff was welcoming and friendly. Our 10am tour was on time and waited for others to use restroom/check-in. Our guide, Megan, was exciting and knowledgeable. She was great with all ages. Although hot, it cooled off as you hiked down the trail. Fair warning, there are a ton on steep stairs (which you also have to climb back up to leave). The waterfall area was so pretty. You even get to walk behind it and visit the neighboring entrance cave. Tour was about 2 hours long. Tips: Get the tour- it's worth it. Bring a camera. Wear good walking shoes. Be ready for stairs. Bring water.
This place is absolutely stunning just like the pictures. I reserved the spot with 2 adults and 2 kids (age 9 & 5). The trail only takes less than 30 minutes to get to the cave. It took longer going in because of the tour guide will provide some information about the nature. It is a very educational trip and the walk is nice and short for kids. I would 100% recommend this place for everyone (but not toddlers or infant). Make sure to reserve the spot online first.
Thoroughly exceeded my expectations. Visitor center has so many things to read and learn. The hike was excellent and very informative. Great scenery and pictures. Guides were absolutely amazing and very knowledgable. Very accommodating when none of us had service and needed an Uber back to town. Great place to go.
Enjoyed this secluded place with family. Our Guide -Mr.Arlen was great... very informative... Scenery was awesome... photography place