Westcave is a natural treasure of the Texas Hill Country, rich with majestic beauty and ecological diversity. Located 40 miles west of Austin, this 76 acre gem has been preserved and offered to the public since 1976. Westcave Preserve is part of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization. The mission of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is to inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature. Westcave accomplishes this through educational programs, collaborative alliances, and the conservation of our beautiful 76-acre preserve.
Our crown jewel is only accessible through guided hikes that lead guests from a Live Oak Ashe Juniper Savannah, through a limestone crevice into the Riparian Woodland of our cool sheltered canyon. This canyon was created over 100,000 years ago by the collapse of an immense limestone cave. At the head of the canyon, a sparking waterfall drips 40 feel over fern-covered travertine columns into a vivid emerald pool. Visitors are guided behind the artesian spring-fed waterfall into a one-chamber limestone cave, examining cave formations and lush plant life seen in few other places in Texas.