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The Buzz Around Bee Cave, Texas

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The little city of Bee Cave boasts some of the richest history in the Texas Hill Country. Located 14 miles west of Austin in west central Travis County, Bee Cave wasn’t incorporated till 1987. However, the town’s historic roots run quite deep.

The Buzz Around Bee Cave

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Dietrich Bohls settled the area back in the early 1850s. Bohls moved from Austin to the confluence of Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek. At the time, Austin had a population of 900 and Bohls wanted to escape the big city.

In the process of finding a quiet place to raise his family, Bohls ended up founding Bee Cave. The town got its name from a large cave around which Mexican honeybees swarmed.  The bees lived on the creek banks and buzzed all around Western Travis County.

The Buzz Around Bee Cave

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Come to Bee Cave and see what the buzz is all about! The town offers plenty of fun activities and cool locations. Check out Hamilton Pool Preserve, a historic swimming hole. Hamilton Creek pours over a limestone outcropping and creates a 50 foot waterfall plunging into a steep box canyon. Swimming is an honored tradition in the beautiful grotto.

The preserve is also home to the Golden-Cheeked Warbler—making it a perfect location for bird watching. Hiking trails, picnic areas, and restrooms are available. Tourists are advised to call Travis County Parks at 512-264-2740 before visiting.

The Buzz Around Bee Cave

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Falcon Head Golf Course, laid out by the PGA Tour Design architects, can’t be missed while you’re in the Bee Cave area.  Shop, dine, or enjoy special events at the Hill Country Galleria, which features a variety of great boutiques and restaurants. The Sculpture Park showcases some fascinating works of art. Follow the meandering trails as you enjoy dozens of unique sculptures. Star Hill Ranch, headquarters for Disney 2002 “The Alamo,” is also nearby and perfect for weddings or other special happenings.

Bee Cave is a honey of a Texas Hill Country town. Take the opportunity to visit, and we guarantee you’ll be glad you did.