Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve

Not far from Eduardo’s home, just a 2 mile hike off of Davis Lane, is the Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve. On Thanksgiving afternoon, we bundled up as it was chilly and windy. We began our trek to explore this 8-acre site.

According to the informative signage, the Goat Caves got its name in 1957 when 4 cave explorers entered a 3-foot square hole in pasture land to find a young goat 35-feet below ground! After a frisky chase on a ledge, it took the four grown men over an hour to catch the kid and pull it up to safety by rope.

There were only two other hikers on the trail today, a grandmother and her granddaughter. The .6-mile path is well worn and lined with Edward’s Aquifer limestone. Many of these rocks have interesting fossil formations, which are very common to the geography of the area. It was an easy hike through oak trees, scrub brush, and low growing vegetation.



  Comments

Glad to see you are traveling again! Do you have a big trip scheduled and if you do, where?

Hazel Russell   November 29, 2021 - 11:15am

Good to see you two are in good health and traveling again. Had missed your diaries. We are in good health and safely vaccinated. Took our first trip, since covid started, to Raliegh, Hilton Head and Orlando in October. Unsure about the near future. Hope all remains well for you two and we have an opportunity to meet up again. It has been a long time since Burgundy.

George & Linda Higgins   November 28, 2021 - 10:47pm

Interesting story! Sounds like a fun hike!

Denise Gard   November 28, 2021 - 8:37pm

Hey you two, I sure have missed you both. I love nature centers/preserves and what a great story.

Colleen Hamilton   November 28, 2021 - 7:56pm

So good to see those beautiful photos you share with us.

Norma   November 28, 2021 - 5:24pm

Randy and I had never heard of this preserve and its story! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Phillips   November 28, 2021 - 4:22pm
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Goat Caves Trailhead

Goat Caves Trailhead

Last Flower of Summer

Last Flower of Summer

Preserve Trail

Preserve Trail

Glimpse of the Underground

Glimpse of the Underground

Entrance to Limestone Cave

Entrance to Limestone Cave

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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