Westcave PreserveCurrently 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, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Educational Site, Tour, 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.
- 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.
- For Adult: $10
- For Kid: $5
- Each tour lasts for 2 hours.
- 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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24.28% 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
This place is a hidden gem right down the road from Hamilton Pool Preserve. It is an awesome little center with hiking trails and guided tours down to the cave. It is so beautiful and green down near the cave/grotto area it is awesome. So beautiful. And our tour guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable about the area.
It's a beautiful place I highly recommend. I suggest that you go and get the tour to be able to see the water fall and cave. The tour guide I had was very informative and passionate about the place.
What a great place to take kids. Simple hike that is guided and educational. If you go after a rain storm the water in the pool will be muddy and murky. So if you'd like to see it more clear then don't go just after a rain storm. You cannot swim in this pool as this area is a rehabilitation nature preserve.
Nature and science education are the attractions here. Take the tour to learn more about the cave and collapsed grotto. The hiking trails may be a challenge for some.
My kids loved this place! If you have children, I highly recommend this place. They learned a lot and the views are breath taking!