Discovery Well Cave Preserve
The City of Cedar Park has recently opened the Discovery Well Cave Preserve, a new outdoor attraction. This park is accessible by car and will have more than three miles of trails. It is located at 15000 Anderson Mill Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613. Visitors can learn about the cave’s history and geology by reading the informative signs at each cave.
Additional info. The Discovery Well Cave Preserve is a 100-acre nature preserve northwest of Austin. It was acquired when TxDOT needed to expand HWY 183. A nearby cave, Jug Cave, was being destroyed due to a rare cave beetle. The company needed to find a 100-acre site with at least three caves to expand the highway. They found only one place that had the right location and had all three caves.
The park is open to the public six days a week. The public is welcome, but visitors must follow the park’s rules. They must stay on designated trails, and they cannot disturb the area beyond its ability to support them. The park is open from six in the morning until 10:30 at night. To reach the site, follow signs to Irish Ridge Road and to Starr’s Cave Road. From there, you’ll find the Nature Center.
The cave’s nature center was originally a barn. The park was home to the Starr family, who homesteaded the property in the 1860s and also operated a winery. The structure was built around the 1910s, but the original building is now an educational center. The facility offers cave tours, hiking trails, and environmental education programs. A fantastic read