Westcave Preserve | Dripping Springs Adventure

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs Grotto

This morning I ventured out to Westcave Preserve off of Hamilton Pool road in Dripping Springs for a little local sightseeing.

This preserve is 76 acres right off of the Pedernales River and has been restored to its natural beauty since it was purchased in 1974.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs sign

I had always heard of this beautiful place, but hadn’t been since it was closed during the pandemic and then it was just SO hot this summer.

After the rain came through a few days ago I knew it would be a good time to go out while the kids were in school and learn more.

Joe Burns Westcave Preserve

You will need to reserve your spot online here. Tickets for the tours to the Grotto are $20/adults, $10/kids and 3 and under are free.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs  tour guide joe burns

The hike is guided and will last up to 90 minutes and is about a mile round trip and is a moderate hike. It is mostly flat, but has some stairs you’ll need to go up and down- so be prepared!

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs  tour Pedernales River view

I learned about how the Golden-cheeked Warbler makes its’ nest from the strips of bark from Ash Junipers (Cedar Trees) and nests in the area on their migration down to Central America, I also learned about many species of edible plants that are native to this area.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs  tour

My tour guide was a retired Dripping Springs high school administrator and was full of so many great insights and facts about the habitat. I could tell that they care so much about preservation and educating their guests.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs  tour guide joe burns

There are quite a few restrictions on the hike and I was very pleased that I did the tour without my three rambunctious boys. I was able to really take it all in without having to micromanage them from jumping off cliffs and trying to catch snakes (I kid… mostly). Kids can come though, and they schedule many field trips with schools in the area.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs Grotto

We took a minute to “nature bathe” where we all stood in silence and listened to the sounds of the water dripping off the grotto and heard the birds sing. It was a GLORIOUS way to spend my morning and I highly recommend it to nature lovers, history buffs and science enthusiasts.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs Grotto tour guide Joe Burns

You’ll want to wear shoes suitable for hiking, a water bottle and a camera! We explored the cave and learned about the few bats residents and endangered species that live in the cave.

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs cave tour

The preserve only allows a maximum of 20 people per tour so you’ll want to make sure that you book it early if you want a specific date. I bet the Cypress trees will be incredible around the first week of November for all of your fall tree lovers!

Westcave Preserve Dripping Springs Grotto

If you are in the Dripping Springs area and want to learn more about fun things to do then reach out to me! I’d love to give you recommendations of things to do and places to go.

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