My wife and I found Westcave Preserve on TripAdvisor today and decided to give it a try. We were not at all disappointed. A good drive from North Austin (45 mins), the drive is nice, through scenic hill country. Just a mile or so past another fantastic landmark, Hamilton Pool, is Westcave Preserve. When approaching, the grounds appeared well kept, the buildings nice and cool with very well maintained restroom facilities. A lot of reference material for the local topography and plant life. There are two savanna type hikes that can be taken unguided...fairly flat overall one about 1/2 mile and the other about 1 mi. We took a guided tour that costs us $10 ea - money well spent. There were about 12 in our group (max 30) and we had a college intern as a guide - Alvin was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, stopping frequently to show us various plants and rock formations. The hike to the grotto was fantastic. Temp was nearly 20 degrees cooler in the valley from where we started. Beautiful rock/ledge formations with flowing water - almost like a rain forest. The cave was very interesting. This outing was a nice surprise for us on a Sunday afternoon. If you're somewhat physically challenged while walking on a steep, slippery grade, you might want to reconsider. Otherwise, have fun. We sure did!
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