Goat Cave Karst Preserve Trail

Oak Hill, Texas

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This hike, which allows you to see a small section of the underground karst world, is a great hike for young children or others interested in learning more about the Edwards Aquifer and the geology around Austin. Several small caves have been formed here by the collapse of sinkholes. Goat Cave, near the end of the hike, is home to a colony of bats. Entry is prohibited. At the trailhead, stop at the kiosk to read about karst geol- ogy and cave inhabitants, including troglobites, troglozenes, and troglophiles. Several endangered species make these caves their home. All are adapted to living in a wet, humid, constant-temperature environment, and some have no eyes. Some are so small that it is difficult to see them without using magnification. Larger animals, spiders, snakes, and bats also use the sinkholes.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Austin

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Austin

by Keith Stelter (Falcon Guides)

This hike, which allows you to see a small section of the underground karst world, is a great hike for young children or others interested in learning more about the Edwards Aquifer and the geology around Austin. Several small caves have been formed here by the collapse of sinkholes. Goat Cave, near the end of the hike, is home to a colony of bats. Entry is prohibited.

At the trailhead, stop at the kiosk to read about karst geol-
ogy and cave inhabitants, including troglobites, troglozenes,
and troglophiles. Several endangered species make these caves their home. All are adapted to living in a wet, humid, constant-temperature environment, and some have no eyes. Some are so small that it is difficult to see them without using magnification. Larger animals, spiders, snakes, and bats also use the sinkholes.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Oak Hill
Distance: 0.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Best Times: Year-round
Local Maps: NCGS Topo: Oak Hill 7.5' quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Cave: Karst Preserve Trail

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May 2018