Longhorn Cavern State Park is a state park located in Burnet County, Texas. It is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park was established between 1932 and 1937 after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased the land from private property owners. It is open to the public for sightseeing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The park is open year-round. However, it is best to visit during the cooler months.
Longhorn Cavern State Park has a legendary past, one that goes beyond its current role as a tourist attraction. In the past, it was home to local Comanche tribes, the hideout of infamous Wild West outlaw Sam Bass, and a raunchy speakeasy. The cave was excavated for 8 years by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The park offers hiking trails, a gift shop, and a deli. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and an opportunity for fishing. Nearby parks include Pedernales Falls State Park and Inks Lake State Park. You can also go camping in one of the state parks.
The state park is located about 100 miles north of Downtown San Antonio. It is open year-round, except for Christmas. The temperature is mild at 68degF year-round. The park offers free admission, but there are two paid tours that you can take. While you’re visiting, be sure to wear sturdy shoes that have good tread. The park also offers a range of hiking trails and picnic facilities.
The cave was used by Comanches as a place to make projectiles during the Civil War. The Confederate Army forced the Comanche Indians out, but they used bat guano to make guns. The bat guano was rich in nitrogen, which helped make guns.
The spelunking tour lasts 90 minutes and requires walking about one mile round-trip. Participants should be at least 8 years old. The tour is physically demanding and requires considerable physical effort, so it is not recommended for those with physical disabilities. The cave is not wheelchair-accessible, and a tour guide should be accompanied.
Visitors to Longhorn Cavern State Park can choose between a Walking Cave Tour and a Wild Cave Tour. Both are fun, but a bit strenuous. The 90-minute Walking Tour will lead you through a natural riverbed and into an ancient underground river system. You can even view formations that were only seen by professional spelunkers up until recently. While you’re here, make sure to take a water bottle and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Longhorn Cavern is open year-round. It’s 68 degrees inside, but heavy rain could close portions of the cave. The park also includes a 1.1-mile hiking trail and 2.2-mile nature trail.