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Longhorn Cavern State Park, Burnet
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Longhorn Cavern State Park is a state park located in Burnet County, Texas, United States. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is administrator of the facility. The land for Longhorn Cavern State Park was acquired between 1932 and 1937 from private owners. It was dedicated as a state park in 1932 and in 1938 was opened to the public. In 1971, the park was dedicated as a National Natural Landmark.Human historyThe park is named for Longhorn Cavern, a limestone cave formed by the cutting action of an underground river that receded thousands of years ago. Before the cave became a tourist attraction, it was used over the years by Indians, Confederate soldiers and outlaws, including outlaw Sam Bass.In the 1920s, during the prohibition period, the cavern was used by Burnet County residents as a speakeasy. Performing musicians would entertain through the night. The popular spot was known as Sherrard's Cave before it was dedicated as Longhorn Cavern State Park in November 1933.From 1934 to 1942, Company 854 of the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed Texas Park Road 4, residences, pavilions and an observation tower in the National Park Service Rustic architectural style. They also explored the cavern and made it accessible by removing some 2.5 tons of silt, debris, and guano and building stairs and walkways both into and inside the cavern.
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  • The Longhorn Cavern State Park was recommended to us by a local merchant in Marble Falls. We mentioned that we were looking for some hiking or some type of local attraction that would place us in the ...  more »
  • The cave tour was excellent, not only seeing the cave, but having a knowledgeable guide telling how the cave was excavated and how the buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Core crea...  more »
  • Longhorn Cavern is in fact a cavern, so there's no false advertising. But, a cavern that is in any way interesting? I don't think so. No memorable formations. A couple of tiny bats. You could spend yo...  more »
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  • Above ground: nice, well maintained trails for leisure walks. Beautiful old buildings and one you can climb up to over 100ft for a great view. Below ground: Wow. This cave has everything! Smooth flow-formed walls in some parts, rough walls in others, crystals you can touch, American history, bats, and more. Definitely the best cavern I've been to I'm Texas (recently been to Inner space and Natural Bridges) Note: check ahead on when their tour times are. It is a 1:30 hr tour so they don't do them too often. Also for those with kids, most of the cave floor is smooth and flat.
  • A great spot for a picnic then a 90 minute or so tour of one of the few flow-created cave systems in America. It's a mix of dolomite and limestone so you get to see two distinct formations that provide a very pretty photo opportunity.
  • This is an awesome experience. Very cool place. Guides are super cool and knowledgeable, and they make you feel secure. I would go there in a heartbeat.
  • Great thing to do in the Texas heat. Constantly cool in cave. Amazing stories and lighting in the cavern. Guides seem a little rushed. Our group was small but one behind us had about 30. I can see why they keep it moving. We went with a 2 yo and she had a blast. Lasts about an hour.
  • Awesome place! The park is peaceful, quiet, and the caverns are brilliant. Our guide was awesome as well. I don't remember his name but he was a retired police officer. He had a lot of info, he was funny, and made the great experience of the caverns even greater. Well worth the money.