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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

#61 of 321 things to do in Austin Features Animals
24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570
+1 830-825-3442
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Magical Hidden Gem

This was my favorite part of the Dripping Springs experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Her... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colette C
Dallas, Texas
GUIDED HIKE of a beautiful place

So, if you're a semi-experienced hiker, this might be a bit slow for you. The guide Erich was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kat M
Katy, 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 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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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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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 1 week ago

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...More

Thank Colette C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Kat M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is such an amazing place, however before going you must know a few things so you'll be able to enjoy the experience more: - Reserve ahead of time, like a few weeks ahead of time. The only time available for my sister and I...More

Thank Olivia S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Tuesday - Friday from 10am-2pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am -4pm You can walk through some upland trails(1 mile loop) here on your own for $7. I would recommend you drive a quarter mile down the road and get out of your car and...More

1  Thank TryppAdams
Reviewed 2 May 2017

If you have never been to a cave, grotto, or waterfall, this place would probably blow your socks off. However, the cave wasn't much of a cave, the waterfall wasn't much of a waterfall, and the foliage, although interesting, were such that could be seen...More

2  Thank janels
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I came here as a part of our Master Naturalist training. It is truly a hidden treasure. It is a privately held preserve on 73 acres of land. You can only see the Grotto through a scheduled guided tour. About a mile...More

3  Thank Stennis S
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This place is a jewel! You can feel the love owners have put in this place for generations. Get there early , sign your name in the list and while the tour starts take a walk in the Uplands trail. You will see lots of...More

3  Thank Gabriela F
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I somehow had never heard of this place, even though we've lived here now for twenty years and we try to seek out all the good hiking spots with caves or water holes. This is truly one of the most beautiful places in Texas. Only...More

2  Thank mlt4848
Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had the pleasure of visiting when the water levels were very high and the experience was wonderful. The plains garden and the wild flowers were beautiful.

1  Thank sakusters
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Definitely a recommendation for travelers. 1 mile past Hamilton pool. The waterfall and cave are very peaceful. Bring hiking shoes and expect about 1.5 hrs on the tour. Tours are 10/12/2/4 on the weekends. Beautiful, peaceful, quaint and a gem in Central Texas.

4  Thank macbabe08
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Sarah T
Any chance there are any buses that go from Austin to here? Visiting Austin at the end of October and would love to visit here but do not drive!
14 October 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.
How much is it ?
3 October 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