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Old Tunnel State Park

#12 of 105 things to do in Fredericksburg Features Animals
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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You'll likely have the whole park to yourself.

We camped at Guadalupe River State Park for 4 nights in Late March and took a day to tour nearby... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2016
S2sailor
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S.E Michigan
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The park is a Beautiful place! The hiking was short but nice. It was an easy hike we have a 6yr old... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2016
kagamel
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Sinton, Texas
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel that is home to approximately 2 to 3 million bats. Visitors can access the short nature trail each day from sunrise until 5 p.m. Entrance to the park is free. Bats roost in the tunnel from May through October. During these months, nightly viewing of the bat emergence is available from the upper viewing area for free. Lower viewing area is only open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for $5 per person fee regardless of age. Rules for Old Tunnel State Park: No pets, no smoking on trails or in viewing areas, no alcoholic beverages, no camping, no open fires. For more detailed information about visitation, please call the number listed or visit the Old Tunnel web page.
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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

We camped at Guadalupe River State Park for 4 nights in Late March and took a day to tour nearby attractions. Old Tunnel stands alone in the 'Hill Country' of Texas on a curvy two-lane road with variable elevations. Taking an RV of any sort...More

2  Thank S2sailor
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

The park is a Beautiful place! The hiking was short but nice. It was an easy hike we have a 6yr old and it was easy for him to walk the short trails.

1  Thank kagamel
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

It doesn't take long to see the tunnel and hike the loop trail. We did it all in 20 min. We got there at 9am in Tuesday (during spring break) and we were the only ones there. That was nice! There's also bat watching at...More

1  Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

We visited this park while it was misting rain. We hiked the mile or so of trails and stood and watched the bats/birds flying in the tunnel. We also found a couple of geocaches. This is a beautiful spot where the railroad was many years...More

2  Thank starcriers
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

This location is special to me in the fact I remember it before it became such a tourist attraction! Don't get me wrong; the added preservation efforts of the area are phenomenal to protect this natural landscape. Not bat season; go for a hike and...More

1  Thank Jesse M
Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend when the Bats are in the area (late spring to early fall) to check this site out at dusk. It's amazing! You'll see upwards of 10-15 million bats make their way out of the cave. It's awesome!!!

3  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 21 January 2016

The bats was definitely the highlight of that visit. Otherwise, there's not really that much to do there. There is a little restaurant near there, recommend eating there!

Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 15 January 2016

a good place to hike, and watch for bats. and eat next door at Alamo Springs Cafe. It is where an old train tunnel was. Really not a whole lot to see; but a good place to stop and stretch your legs.

Thank AustinTXUSAJudy
Reviewed 7 December 2015

The tunnel is about 10 miles SE of Fredericksburg just off a paved road. Off street parking is available. The best view of the tunnel requires a short walk down a natural trail. Good photo op when the bats leave at sunset.

2  Thank TEXASJLH
Reviewed 6 December 2015

We were looking for a place to go on Thanksgiving Day (after dinner) while staying in Fredericksburg, and this place turned out very well. We were the only people in the place when we got there, but it said it was open 365 days a...More

1  Thank Heartlab
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Rachel W
23 January 2017|
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Response from txteacher_girl | Reviewed this property |
Check their website. I believe it said May-November. Have fun though! There's lots to do in the area.
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Holly F
13 January 2017|
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Response from David D | Reviewed this property |
Alamo Springs Café is worth the trip even without the bats
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John K
27 September 2016|
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Response from Huntress57 | Reviewed this property |
As other people have responded there is a little walk down to the viewing area. The walk is not difficult but there are some short steps as you go down. Remember that you have to come up those steps. Not knowing your... More
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