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Longhorn Cavern State Park
Burnet, Texas


Download a Park Map (PDF) - courtesy of TPWD

Longhorn Cavern, a Registered Natural Landmark since 1971, is the focal point of 639-acre Longhorn Cavern State Park. Formed by tremendous underground water flows, the cave has attracted man and animal alike since prehistoric times. Around the turn of the century, an entrepreneur even built a dance hall deep in the belly of the cave!

When the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began work at Longhorn Cavern in the 1930s, many of the cavern's chambers were filled with dozens of feet of silt and debris. To protect the cavern and its ecosystem, the CCC blocked off the four natural entrances to the cave, leaving one (gated) entrance--it is through this entrance that visitors pass to begin their subterranean tour. Once home to over two million Mexican freetail bats, Longhorn Cavern now has a small population of solitary eastern pipistrelle bats.

Park Rating
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Campsites/Overnight Facilities0
Leashed Pets Permitted? YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds *
Solitude  *
Trail System *
Water Recreation0
Wildlife *  *  *
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 to 4.
Cave tours of Longhorn Cavern last approximately 1.5 hours and involve a fairly level and easy 1.25 mile round-trip walk. The cave remains a comfortable 68 degrees year-round. Occasionally, periods of heavy rain force the park to temporarily close portions of the cave for visitors' safety.

Shaded picnic tables, two .2 mile nature trails, a 1.1 mile hiking trail and a short spur trail are available. The park's original administration building, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is in remarkable condition and serves as a CCC museum, featuring educational exhibits.

Camping is not permitted at Longhorn Cavern State Park, but nearby Inks Lake State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and Pedernales Falls State Park do permit overnight stays.

Location

Take U.S. Hwy. 281 north from San Antonio or south from Dallas to Park Road 4, 8 miles north of Marble Falls at Colorado River. Follow Park Road 4 six miles to the Park Headquarters.
Map of Park's Location

For GPS Users: N 30° 40.99'   W 098° 21.10' (WGS84/NAD83)
Convert to another coordinate sytem or map datum (Courtesy of Jeeep.com)

Outside the entrance to the cavern
Entrance to the cavern
Copyright © Justin W. Moore
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1930's era CCC park administration building
Copyright © Justin W. Moore
See more photos at OutdoorPhoto.com

Hours

Summer Hours - Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend:
Monday - Sunday: Tours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm hourly

Winter Hours - Tuesday after Labor Day to Friday before Memorial Day:
Monday thru Friday: Tours 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: Tours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm hourly

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Fees

There is no park entrance fee. Rates for the Longhorn Cavern Walking Tour are: $16.00 per adult; $15.00 per teen (ages 13-19) & seniors (age 60 or older); $13.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders with card; $12.00 per child (ages 2-12 years.) Active Military receive $1.00 off adult ticket (max 2 tickets). To learn about other types of tours available at Longhorn Caverns, vist the Longhorn Caverns website for more information. Separate fees are required for each tour. Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

Weather

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Volunteer Opportunities

Inquire at the park headquarters.

Contact Information

The park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Longhorn Cavern State Park
6211 Park Road 4 So.,
Burnet, Texas 78611

Visitor Center: 1-877-441-2283
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

Related Links:
* Longhorn Cave Tours, Inc.

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