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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

#63 of 326 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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Jurasic Park Without The Dinnasours...Beautiful!

I use to play in the waterfalls, pools and explore the caves as a teenager and I was ALWAYS taken... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas

The walk down there was a bit slow for my kids and I but the view definitely made up for it! Don't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brittany O
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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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24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663-8570
+1 830-825-3442
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank JoeMcCullough
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Brittany O
Reviewed 18 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...More

Thank Colette C
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...More

Thank Kat M
Reviewed 23 May 2017 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 16 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

3  Thank TryppAdams
Reviewed 1 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

5  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 15 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
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Elsa R
17 March 2017|
Response from Amy B |
I know I'm 3 months late, but is this a REAL question? 🙄🙄🙄🙄
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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.
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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