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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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  • A nice little side trip up from San Antonio. It was about a 90 minute drive. We had a great tour guide and my teenage son really enjoyed this. 
  • Sequestered out in the middle of nowhere, Longhorn Caverns is a great place for a day trip. It's a bit of a challenge for the average person. The approximately mile and a half hike underground is fun ...  read more »
  • Side trip from Inks Lake State Park camping. We had a terrific guide (Al) who has been leading the tours and telling the stories for 17+ years. Cave tour takes about 1.5 hours and shoes with tread are...  read more »
  • 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.
  • A beautiful cave formed by erosion. It looks very different from other caves like Cave With No Name and Natural Bridge. See huge areas carved out by the flow of water and walls of crystals. Definitely worth a visit. Our 2 year old and 5 year old both enjoyed it. We used a backpack carrier for the 2 year old and our 5 year old walked with no trouble keeping up. We got there at about 10:15 and bought tickets for the 11am. It was really good timing because our group wasn't too large. The groups going after us were bigger. We brought lunch and ate at picnic tables. They also have a cafe and sell ice creams.
  • Amazing caverns, me and my son took a road trip on a whim and I'm so glad we ran up on the signs to the cave. We took the regular tour of the caves and our tour guide Mark was very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. They have different types of tours, a paranormal one and a down and dirty tour, of course by the time we finished our regular walking tour my son was ready to take the Down and Dirty tour, so we will be coming back very soon. Please go visit the Longhorn Caverns, you'll enjoy it!!!
  • Don't miss this if you're in the area! One of the most intersting caves I've visited. Lots of human history AND a very pretty cave. Our tour guide was outstanding and a great story teller.
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