Westcave Preserve: Nature in balance
waterfall backed by caves, tumbling over fern-covered travertine columns into an emerald pool.
Unquestionably, Westcave Preserve is one of the Texas Hill Country’s best-kept secrets.
The limestone-line canyon that leads to a hidden grotto and waterfall is worth the trip alone, formed when a limestone cave collapsed, thousands of years ago.
Westcave Preserve allows access to the grotto only during guided tours.
Tours feature a combination of cultural and natural history. “It’s informative, an overview of this part of Texas,” said Preserve Director John Ahrns.
A short, self-guided nature trail was recently completed as well. It is about a quarter-mile in length, and will include a mix of cultural and natural history information.
Public tours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m., and 12, 2 and 4 p.m. School children and adults can also access Westcave during the week, if they call ahead of time. Westcave Preserve is approximately 18 miles from Dripping Springs. To get there, drive north on Ranch Rd. 12 for about 7.4 miles, turn left on Hamilton Pool Rd. and drive about 7.5 miles. Westcave Preserve is on the right.
No pets are allowed in the preserve. Tours cost $5 for adults, $2 for children, and $15 per family, and are limited to the first 30 to arrive. For more information, call (830) 8253442, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.westcave.org.