Named for the colonies of Mexican honeybees that lived in the banks of Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek, Bee Cave is a city with a small population and small geographic footprint. Located in western Travis County, Bee Cave is less than three square miles and a population last estimated at just over 5,000.
For such a small community, Bee Cave has a rich history, and offers a relaxing way of life for its residents. Initially an area popular among the early roaming Indians, Bee Cave was first settled in the 1850s by citizens trying to escape the confines of “city life” in Austin (whose population at the time was only about 900 people!). The village grew each year, and received its “city status” in 2006.
Bee Cave boasts four parks in its 2.6 square miles of land: Bee Cave Central Park (which offers playgrounds, two pavilions, and over 50 acres of space), a sculpture park (a showcase of both rotating and permanent sculptures from local and international artists), Bee Cave / Falconhead West Primitive Park (unpaved hiking and biking trails of varying lengths), and Bee Cave Dog Park. Also just around the corner, golf enthusiasts will find one of western Austin’s great gems: the Falconhead Golf Club. The range features the greatest of native Texan wildlife (both flora and fauna), and the course itself was designed by PGA Tour Design architects – perfect for those looking for quality and a challenge.
If you’re looking to get involved with your local community, the city offers a number of options, from the Bee Cave Arts Foundation (which is responsible for the sculpture park), Toastmasters, Wildlife Rehabilitators, Rotary Club, and various political clubs.
Bee Cave is served by the Lake Travis Independent School District.