Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover)
How difficult is the hike?
The hike is about 1-mile, roundtrip, rated as moderate to difficult. Visitor's hike in and out of the canyon by way of long, winding, uneven staircase built into the slope of the canyon. Once in the canyon there are additional steps, rocks and roots to navigate. We encourage visitors to wear sturdy shoes, use hand rails, and bring along a walking stick if needed.
What should I bring/wear?
Dress comfortably in tennis or hiking shoes, preferably with ankle support. In cooler weather, dressing in layers is recommended. Hats, sunscreen, camera, and sunscreen are recommended as well.
Binoculars, walking sticks, & explorer backpacks are available to rent with a photo ID.
While water is available, we recommend bringing your own water / reusable bottle.
Picnic tables are available if you bring food or snacks, but grilling isn't allowed.
Do you allow pets?
No pets are allowed on the premise of Westcave Preserve, even if on a leash. If you are found with a pet on the Preserve or locked in your car, you will kindly be asked to leave.
We recommend visiting Milton Reimers Ranch Park (2 miles away) if you like spending time outside with your pet.
Is there river access? Can I walk to Hamilton Pool?
No, there is no access to the Pedernales River from Westcave. If you'd like to access the river, we recommend visiting Milton Reimers Ranch Park, only 2 miles east of the Westcave entrance.
Visitor's cannot leave their car at Westcave and walk to Hamilton Pool. To access Hamilton Pool, a Travis County operated preserve, you must enter with your vehicle through their entrance, 1 mile away.
Can we swim at Westcave?
There is no swimming at Westcave or access to the Pedernales River.