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Old Tunnel State Park, Fredericksburg

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  • Old railroad tunnel that was dug through the limestone. It is home to some 3 million bats from May to October. We were too early for bat season. Some of the trails are steep so bring good footwear and...  more »
  • Nice little state park but a bit out of the way to get there. Park rangers knowledgeable. Hiking & walking paths easy with hills that could be a bit challenging. Bat season begins in April-then maybe ...  more »
  • Very pleasant evening drive on Old San Antonio road on the way out to the tunnel. Very informative, park rangers explain history and bat charactoristics.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Smallest state park, however you can see around 3m bats here. Go prepared looking at weather. Best time to see is in August and September
  • Beautiful pace, try go in the morning to see the bats returning the tunnel. Its bit cold here so go prepared. Carry a binacular. While going in the evening, carry a flash. Best time is August/September.
  • The bat presentation at dusk was RAD! Seeing three million of those critters swarm like that was a downright magnificent sight to behold. The $5 fee for the close-up experience and volunteer presentation was way more than worth it.
  • 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.