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Longhorn Cavern State Park
Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, Longhorn Cavern State Park is a Texas Hill Country wonder rich in human and geological history. Located less than 90 minutes northwest of Austin, the park’s centerpiece is Longhorn Cavern, a unique flow cave environment created over many years by the dissolving and cutting action of water on the limestone bedrock. Prehistoric creatures, colorful characters, and a healthy dose of Texas-sized folklore all play an important part in telling the unique story of Longhorn Cavern State Park.
To help protect the fragile cave environment, access to the underground portions of Longhorn Cavern State Park is by paid guided tour only. Tours are available to suit many abilities and interests. For safety and comfort, guests are encouraged to wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles on all cave tours. With a near-constant temperature of 68 degrees, Longhorn Cavern is comfortable on the coldest winter day and provides a cool escape from the summer heat.
Longhorn Cavern State Park is more than a beautiful cavern. Nestled atop Backbone Ridge, a small chain of hills overlooking Hoover’s Valley, Longhorn Cavern State Park and our sister park, Inks Lake State Park, have enough to keep you active and outdoors all day long. Hike a trail, enjoy a picnic, or learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its contribution to Texas parks.