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Old Tunnel State Park

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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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A short walk for a great view!

We did a quick stop at Old Tunnel State Park to view the tunnel. The observation deck is beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ASeier_Travels
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Northampton, Pennsylvania
Nice, quiet gem that is worth the stop

We stopped during the day just to see the tunnel and to have a quick little hike. No entrance... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jan K
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel that is home to approximately 2 to 3 million bats. Visitors can access the short nature trail each day from sunrise until 5 p.m. Entrance to the park is free. Bats roost in the tunnel from May through October. During these months, nightly viewing of the bat emergence is available from the upper viewing area for free. Lower viewing area is only open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for $5 per person fee regardless of age. Rules for Old Tunnel State Park: No pets, no smoking on trails or in viewing areas, no alcoholic beverages, no camping, no open fires. For more detailed information about visitation, please call the number listed or visit the Old Tunnel web page.
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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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+1 866-978-2287
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a quick stop at Old Tunnel State Park to view the tunnel. The observation deck is beautiful- you can see great views of Hillcountry. The trails are very well maintained and marked. It is a very short walk to see the tunnel, which...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped during the day just to see the tunnel and to have a quick little hike. No entrance fee during the day. It's a pretty walk, some steps and down/up hill terrain but not bad! The suprise for us was we could see the...More

2  Thank Jan K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in Fredericksburg, we decided to make a short drive to get a burger at Alamo Springs Cafe. Great burgers, cold beer, and live music in the evenings. A couple next to our table informed us of the bat viewing at dusk just a short...More

Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the park at 5:30 to purchase our tickets for the lower level and the talk with the park ranger. I am glad we did because the talk sells out quickly. We got there around 7:45 PM and the program started and ran...More

1  Thank rebeccabrabb
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

We hiked the trail then went to the evening viewing of the bats. The park worker was so knowledgeable about all things bat related and gave a very entertaining presentation. She made it so much more interesting. Watching the bats was Mesmerizing. Pay the $5...More

Thank BeechBumm85
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by as an afternoon hike. About a one mile trail, very pretty. You go down by the tunnel and let’s be honest- the smell of bar mess until you get far enough away from the tunnel is really bad. I could not imagine sitting...More

Thank willsbeachmom
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Interesting site with some railway history and bats at night. Easy to park and relax. Check times online.

Thank mikel12323
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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

We were glad we were there for the Bat presentation. It helped us to really appreciate what we were seeing and we learned how beneficial these small mammals are. Go early and get a seat down below for a spectacular show.

Thank Pratima S
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

Old Tunnel State Park is about 15 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Tx. It is a very pleasant ride through the Hill Country to a place called Alamo Springs where the Old Tunnel is located. An abandoned railroad tunnel is now home to about 3 million...More

Thank Martinatl
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

Don't miss this hidden gem! After about a 20-minute presentation by a park ranger, the bats emerge from an old railroad tunnel. When we visited, the bat population was down, according to the ranger, but the emergence was impressive!! Hundreds of thousands of bats emerging...More

1  Thank TXCharley714
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rwwelch
May 17, 2018|
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Response from TexasMargs | Reviewed this property |
They say May - October is the best time. Here's a number to call to see if bats are already plentiful: Call (866) 978-2287 to get the latest emergence time information.
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sujibean13
May 14, 2018|
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Response from Darla G | Reviewed this property |
Do it! It is amazing! We took our little guys and they loved it. The Ranger talked to them specifically and had them come up front. The bats can hear what is going on, so they will have to be quite still and quiet for... More
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Jack J
April 1, 2018|
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Response from Amelia M | Reviewed this property |
As per the website: "Due to the sensitive nature of this park, we do not allow camping, pets or smoking."
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