Explore Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Round Mountain, Texas



0.7 miles

Elevation Gain

80 ft

Route Type



Added by Erin Newman-Mitchell

Westcave Preserve is a beautiful Hill Country gem with lush greens and a beautiful waterfall.

Located about 25 miles from downtown Austin, Westcave Preserve is a beautiful and family-friendly day adventure. The trail is out-and-back about .7 miles long. It leads down into a very lush green canyon filled with a variety of plant species and ferns. At the end of the trail is the main feature- a natural grotto with a 40-foot waterfall that trickles into the blue pond below. The waterfall can be viewed from several different angles.

Though the trail is not very long, there is a 100-foot staircase that leads down into the canyon. No pets are allowed. 

Note: To visit the grotto, reservations are REQUIRED. They are also in high demand so it is recommended that you reserve far in advance. It is $60 per household group (up to 4 individuals) for an hour long tour. The tour is also guided. Head to their website to book.

The experience is well worth the trip out west and the money. It's a beautiful location!

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