7 Important Visitor Tips for Texas’ Magical Westcave Preserve

Westcave Preserve is without a doubt the most spectacular waterfall in Texas–and that’s saying a lot!

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If you’re planning a trip to see this amazing waterfall for yourself, here’s what you should know first!

What is the location of Westcave Preserve, Texas?

The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, also known as Westcave Preserve, is located off of Hamilton Pool Road, about a mile from the renowned Hamilton Pool Preserve.

Although it is actually situated in the blink-and-you will-miss-it town of Round Mountain, Texas, it is frequently confused with Dripping Springs for navigational purposes.

It is roughly 40 minutes (or 30 miles) north of Dripping Springs and 20 minutes (or 14 miles) from downtown Austin.

What is the experience like to visit the Westcave Grotto?

The one-hour stroll through the grotto tour, which is basically what we did sign up for, is without a doubt Westcave Preserve’s best popular event.

The tour includes a pleasant walk through the Hill Country countryside as well as opportunities to view the spectacular waterfall and grotto from a variety of perspectives, including inside the grotto, across the pool area, and from a nearby little cave.

Walking from the entry to the grotto is enjoyable in and of itself, with plenty of gorgeous bald evergreens and dwarf palmettos to appreciate along the route.

It is a complete joy from beginning to end, and the grotto is even more magnificent in person than it appeared in photos–especially while standing right next to the waterfall.

Tips for Exploring Westcave’s Grotto

  • reservation is required for this tour – The grotto at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is not open to the public on walk-in basis; you must make reservations. Please remember that tours can sell out months in advance during peak season.
  • Tours are costly – At $60 per ticket, Westcave Preserve is without a doubt one of the most expensive waterfalls to see in Texas, in addition to possessing one of the most stunning! It’s worth mentioning, however, that the tickets only cover a family of 2-4 persons. We thought the money was well worth it for the experience.
  • Prepare to walk a short distance to the grotto – Once you commence your tour, it takes around 15 minutes to travel to the grotto, which includes descending a staircase, and you’ll have to walk the very same route back out.
  • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen – The trek to the grotto is somewhat shaded, but as is customary in Texas, dress for heat and sun exposure. When exploring Westcave Preserve, we advise keeping a reusable water bottle.