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The Lakes and Hills of the Highland Lakes, in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, is the ideal destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.  Adventure, recreation, fun in the sun and hill country hospitality await you in every Highland Lakes community.   We invite you to come enjoy Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, the Colorado River, the Llano River, hundreds of things to do, places to shop, eat and sleep.   With over 1,800 square miles of lakes and hills, the Highland Lakes region is one of the largest playgrounds in Texas.





Westcave Preserve is a natural treasure of the Texas Hill Country, possessing unique and majestic beauty and ecological diversity. Located adjacent to the Pedernales River in southwestern Travis County about 40 miles from downtown Austin, this 30-acre gem is managed by the non-profit Westcave Preserve Corporation and offers an array of natural science and interdisciplinary educational programs for children and adults from Austin and surrounding communities.

Two distinct ecosystems meet on the Preserve, forming a unique opportunity for students of nature and an unexpected experience for visitors exploring the Hill Country. The Preserve's grasslands are scattered with wildflower meadows, ash junipers, oaks and cactus bordering a sheltered limestone canyon punctuated with rare plants and cypress trees. The highlight of the site is its 40-foot waterfall backed by caves, tumbling over fern-covered travertine columns into an emerald pool.

Weekdays: Reservation only
Week-end: Public tours are offered at 10:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. The gate is open to incoming visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public and weekday tour rates are $4 per adult, $2 per child under 17, or $10 per family.

Westcave Preserve is located in southwest Travis County, approximately 45 minutes from downtown Austin.

From Austin: Travel west on Highway 71 to the village of Bee Caves. Turn left at Ranch Road 3238 locally known as Hamilton Pool Road. Travel 14 miles on Hamilton Pool Road to the Pedernales River. Westcave Preserve is the first gate on your right after crossing the river.

From Areas West of Westcave Preserve: Take Highway 281 to the village of Round Mountain. In Round Mountain, turn east on Ranch Road 962. Travel 17 miles on Ranch Road 962. The gate to Westcave Preserve will be on your left. (Note: To remain on Ranch Road 962, veer left at the y-intersection after Cypress Creek).

Free tour admission is offered to Westcave Preserve members. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free for organized weekday tours.

24814 Hamilton Pool Road
Round Mountain, Texas 78663

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