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Entrance to Longhorn Caverns | by J. Stephen Conn
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Entrance to Longhorn Caverns

Don't expect to see the most beautiful and pristine formations in the world at Longhorn Caverns, because they're not here. However, there are still several points of natural awe and beauty in the cave. And what Longhorn Caverns lacks in formations it makes up for in historical interest. There are legends and rumors - of fossils, Confederates, outlaws, Indians, a kidnapping, and even an old underground dance hall. The entrance to the cavern is particularly dramatic, underneath an impressive natural bridge. I consider this Texas Hill Country cavern a "Must See" for those who are in the area.

 

The regular guided tour through the cave is a 1.25 mile round trip and takes 1.5 hours to complete. There is a little climbing involved, but the average person should have no problem making it.

 

In addition to the cavern, the state park offers shaded picnic tables, nature trails, an exhibit center, gift shop, and snack bar. There is no campground.

 

A $10 fee is charged per adult for the cavern tour. Other ammenities in the park, picnic areas, trails, exhibit center, etc., are free. The park is open 363 days a year.

 

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Taken in February 2005