Trip Planner:   USA  /  Texas  /  Burnet  /  Nature  /  Longhorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn Cavern State Park, Burnet

(360+ reviews on the web)
State Park Nature / Park
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.
Make Longhorn Cavern State Park a centerpiece of your Burnet vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Burnet vacation planner.
Source
Create a full Burnet itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Burnet

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Burnet by other users

13 days in Tennessee, Arkansas & Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Texas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Texas Hill Country BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Texas BY A USER FROM ALBANIA June, outdoors, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Burnet BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 59 days in Texas BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Texas BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Had a great time. Allie was our tour guide and he is very nice and have a lot of knowledge. The kids love the tour.  more »
  • Once you are inside, everything it's beautiful. The lights that they have been install make the cavern look even better, but we consider that $16.00 it's a little expensive. There is some other parks ...  more »
  • Very interesting site. Great geological history and thorough information of the creation of the CCC. Some parts of the cavern small but mostly large areas, warm inside. Great documentary playing the m...  more »
Google
  • An interesting not state run park. The caverns include a nice walking tour that last 1 1/2 hours which includes a lot of very interesting facts. The caves are a little different as they are flow caverns and lack stalagmite and tires but has interesting rock formations none the less. The trails are a little short so if a serious hiker maybe try somewhere else. Very nice in spring with a large variety of Texas wild flowers.
  • The park itself (above the caverns) is well maintained with plenty of walking trails, several open areas with picnic tables and some historical buildings. The cavern entrance is nicely landscaped with stone walls, staircases, and arches, providing a lot of great photo spots for the family. The caverns are very well maintained and beautiful, well worth the tour price. The tour itself lasts an 1.5 hours inside the caverns. The guides are entertaining and know the history well; beyond the types of formations and science behind them, they will share great stories about things that took place in the caverns before it was a park. Unfortunately there isn't any place to grab a meal at the park, so bring your own food or be ready to step out during your visit for a bite.
  • Really cool caves and old buildings! Our guide was a very funny guy with a lot of knowledge. He made the tour amazing. This cave have a really interesting history, I totally recommend it!
  • Such a great tour! The cave itself is beautiful and the tour guide we had we very informative and had a great sense of humor. I came with my 7 year old daughter and she had no trouble keeping up. We both enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend coming not just for the sights, but for the history too!
  • It was the coolest cavern I ever been. You will learn lots of interesting things about Texas history. I got really amazed!