Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center hides a secret gem on the very far west end of Travis County, one of those magical places you almost can’t believe is this close to Austin. Buried deep into Hill Country down a cavernous path is a serene sapphire pool replenished by an awe-inspiring 40-foot waterfall.
Visits to Westcave Discovery Center are by reservation only right now, which means your visit will be nice and personal, though still around a few other guests. A “Walk Through The Grotto” is $60 per group of 4, which is just $15 a person. Your reservation includes an hour-long guided tour, starting with a 15-minute descent through a limestone cavern. About 100 feet down and your view opens up to a breathtaking freshwater pond, colossal rock formations, and a glistening 40-foot waterfall. You’ll have 30 minutes to enjoy the beauty of the oasis and explore the cave behind the falls.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is spread out across 76 acres of lush, emerald forest and flora, climaxed with a dreamy waterfall and glittering limestone. After you’ve soaked in the tranquility of the grotto, take the Westcave Uplands Trail through the rest of the grounds for a classic Texas Hill Country stroll. That’s just $20 per group of 4, so an extra $5 a person, making your total visit a $20 donation to conservation of this gorgeous freshwater pool.
Find Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center at 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Round Mountain, TX, just 30 miles outside Austin in the middle of Hill Country.
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