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Old Tunnel State Park, Fredericksburg

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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  • We went to see the bats, but they never came out of the cave before it got dark. The area is very nice. It is certainly in the woods! 
  • Nice talk from rangers, $5 a head to get close to the tunnel, saw several million bats coming out of tunnel in a bat tornado, awesome 
  • This was a wonderful experience. Even though this time of year the bats come out closer to dark it was great to see. Just know if you pay to go lower it does stink. Very knowledgeable experience. 
  • This is the smallest state park in the system at only 16 acres, but it has a cool feature. If you get there around 5:30 you can get tickets to watch the bats coming out of the tunnel. Then you can head down the street for dinner before they come out. If you arrive too late you can still watch them from the higher level, but it's much harder to see the swarm. A guide came and talked to us about the bats before they came out and was very informative.
  • We stopped on a whim, knowing very little about the park. The two park rangers (two gentlemen) were very nice to spend time talking to us about the bat flight and about the park itself. Sadly we were unable to stay long but what we saw of the location it was beautiful and hopefully we will make it back to see the bats.
  • Small, unassuming, but beautiful State Park. The Old Tunnel Park is one of the area's lesser known attractions, but don't let that deter you from taking a ten mile detour off the highway. The park area and trails are scenic and unspoiled, making for great nature walks. Trail-opening times are from sunrise to 5 PM, which is a little on the early side during summer, but the observation deck is open 27/7 From May to October, the tunnel is also home to a colony of around 3 million bats, which can be seen swarming from the cave around sunset.
  • You must see the bats! This is the best place to see them.
  • We got here to late to go down the trails, but the view from the observation deck is amazing and the breeze makes it bearable in hot humid conditions.
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