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Goat Cave Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Cave

Forest

No dogs

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Short hike through nature preserve with cave and karst. This short trail takes you past some interesting geological formations. The first you will pass is a sinkhole, followed by a small cave. The largest cave is surrounded by a fence to prevent damage. This area is ecologically sensitive, so stay on the trail. As a nature preserve, no dogs or bikes are permitted.

Austin Parks & Recreation Department, 512-263-6430

From Brodie Lane, turn onto Deer Lane. As Deer lane widens, the trailhead for the preserve is on the right side of the road. There is some parking across from the trailhead on the left side of the street.

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erica Jaggers
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Hiking

The Cave was closed off so it wasn't as fun as we were hoping it to be. It would have been nice to be able to take pictures next to it.

Sharla Mac
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WalkingMuddy

I added this in the middle of my Saturday morning run. It was a great little breather to walk the trails. It was a little muddy but trails were clear in most places. Very good condition after storm last night. The signage is educational. It's an easy, short walk. I'll definitely be going back.

Amber P
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Hiking

If you live or work in the area, it's a short little nature escape - suitable for work break. Took about 25 minutes with stopping to check out the caves and read the signs. There are a bench or two if you wanted to have lunch. It runs .6 miles each way and then opens up to a drainage area for the neighborhood next door. I parked in the neighborhood on Coastal Drive by Davis Ln. There is a gravel lot just east of the park but I thought it was utility access only. The caves are pretty neat. Two are open enough to climb down into them - but both stop as soon as you climb down. The big Goat Cave is actually fenced off with barbed wire. You can see the very top of the hole but not into it. Typically trees and rocky paths you find in the area.

Stacey Bucklin
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Hiking

This is a perfectly fine trail, there’s just not much to it. It’s well maintained and sprinkled with educational signage. The short hike takes you past the entrances to 3 underground caves. The entrances are small and blocked to the public. Parking is limited in the small gravel lot nearby, but it’s sufficient for a trail of this length and location. I finished the out and back in about 15 minutes.

Peter Druschke
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Hiking

This preserve was set aside to protect several caves with rare biota, and which forms part of the drainage that supplies water directly to Barton Springs. The preserve itself is an urban greenbelt that is somewhat dense and overgrown, but not exactly bushwhacking. Visiting several of the caves on site is permissible by permit, usually given to caving groups and educational groups through Austin Parks and Recreation in order to preserve the caves and protect public safety

Rudxandra Aguiar
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No dogs, poorly kept. Not fun.

Todd Marse
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Walking

Good for small children.

christy lasalle
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there are two small caves but you couldn't get down there to explore anyway. there are barriers to it. its a small trail, it is hard to ride my bicycle on the trail. hiking is the best.

Katrina Martin
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Hiking

Not very long. Very poorly maintained. I wouldn't go back.

Alex Layman
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Hiking

Not well kept, very short and nothing worth going back for.

Roni Lepore
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Hiking

It is decent for family hiking/walking - relevantly easy and intriguing place to explore for young kids.

Kate W.
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Jordan Sheppard
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Tana Perez
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Brian Fleenor
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Katy Lyznicki
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