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Albert's Texas Treasures | Longhorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn Cavern State Park - A family friendly destination full of Texas History, beautiful vistas and miles of limestone caverns.

BURNET — Whether you like to hike, camp, fish, swim, or just need an awesome day trip, there are a lot of hidden treasures right here in Central Texas.

One spot that is a must see is Longhorn Cavern State Park -- a family friendly destination full of Texas history, beautiful vistas and miles of limestone caverns. Just an hour west of Austin in Burnet County, it’s a great place to beat the heat, whether you’re above or below ground.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the cave was used for shelter and protection from the harsh weather elements of Central Texas since prehistoric times.

"Longhorn Cavern State Park is a really unique place. It was used by the Comanche in the mid, early 1800s. It was (also) used by the Confederates to mined gun powder," said Park Manager Evan Archilla. "In the late 1800s (and) early 1900s, it was a great picnic destination for people that lived in Burnet and Marble Falls."

The temperature inside the cavern is 68 degrees year round, making it a comfortable spot in the middle of summer, or after a strong cold front in the winter.

Longhorn Cavern is made up of several chambers, including one called "Crystal City."

"This is one of the earliest places people used to visit in the cave. Young people would come to this room to admire the calcite crystals that we have going all over the walls," said Archilla.

The cavern is illuminated by the electric lights, so visitors can admire the beauty of the natural formations.

The cavern hosts thousands of visitors each year, which doesn't seem to bother the local inhabitants of the cave: about a dozen tricolored bats.

"Longhorn Caverns is one of the best places to get up close and personal with a bat. I've never been in another cave where you can literally get within a couple of feet of a wild bat and admire it," said Archilla.

For hours of operation and pricing, please visit: https://visitlonghorncavern.com/