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Walk on the Wild(flower) Side on Guided Nature Walks

The Uplands at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center are awash in a rainbow of wildflowers in the springtime. The preserve is hosting three wildflower walks this year: April 21, April 28, and May 12. Courtesy photo

ROUND MOUNTAIN — Take a walk on the wild side this spring at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center with three wildflower walks. An expert guide will take visitors through a rainbow-colored sea of bluebonnets, Indian blankets, four-nerve daisies, and other Texas Hill Country wildflowers.

The preserve’s Uplands feature a live oak and Ashe juniper savanna with well-groomed and wheelchair-friendly trails. Guests will learn to identify the variety of Texas wildflowers in bloom — and boy, do they bloom at this 76-acre preserve.

“The bluebonnets at Westcave are so abundant we had a visitor approach the Uplands and say, ‘I didn’t know you had a lake here?’” said Julia Mechler, executive coordinator and outdoor educator at the preserve. “There is no lake at Westcave — she was seeing a sea of bluebonnets!”

Comfortable shoes are recommended: The walks wind through 1½ miles of trails and last about an hour. There is little shade, so bring a hat and don’t forget sunscreen.

Wildflower walks begin at 10:30 a.m. April 21, April 28, and May 12 (weather permitting). Registration is required, and admission is $15 per person. Visit westcave.org/events to reserve your spot.

To brush up on your knowledge of the variety of flowers in bloom, take a look at our handy Hill Country Wildflower Identification Guide. We think you will learn a thing or two about the springtime blossoms that beautify the Highland Lakes.

Westcave Preserve Outdoor Discovery Center is located at 24814 Hamilton Pool Road in Round Mountain. Visit westcave.org or call (830) 825-3442 to learn more.

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