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Old Tunnel State Park

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We visited in February, so there weren’t any bats, but we still enjoyed the trail, which was fairly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kansas City
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What a cool site even when the bats aren’t present

The hike down to the tunnel is a short one with lots of information on plants, flowers, etc. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in February, so there weren’t any bats, but we still enjoyed the trail, which was fairly easy, but does require some uphill and downhill hiking. There are handrails and steps to help along the way. Entry is free. Restrooms are only open during...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike down to the tunnel is a short one with lots of information on plants, flowers, etc. The tview of the unnel from the bridge is a fun site to see. We want to visit again during May-Oct when the bats are there so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We’ve been here twice now. The first time in September 2017, when there were bats still in the area. This last visit in January 2019, the bats were gone. Since they migrate throughout the year, I suggest keeping up with their pattern on the Old...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank GatorJackalope
Reviewed November 2, 2018

The park website says that the bats are only there until October so we went with low expectations. However it seems that towards the end of the season the numbers are higher as more bats stop off on the migration to Mexico. So if they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Andy1w
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

This park is a short drive through the hill country from Fredericksburg. We hiked in the early morning and had the whole park to ourselves. We were able to see the bats at the end of the tunnel. The trail loop is an easy hike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

We rode out here on our Motorcycles to eat and the Alamo Springs Cafe and found this place and we shocked we had never heard of it before. We are not in the best of shape so walking down the make shift steps to the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by to watch the bats and enjoyed a history lesson, bat education experience, and a short nature hike. The only thing is that the bats slept in on our visit, they didn't come out until well past dusk so our viewing was limited...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shanna J
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were staying at a bed and breakfast not too far from here. We went around 9:00 am just to check out the area so we did not see the bat viewing but we still had a great time. They have some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lisamg01
Reviewed October 10, 2018

When the bats emerge from the tunnel , they create enough wind to blow your hair around and give you goose bumps.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank bethbob666
Reviewed October 8, 2018

An interesting place to visit, children of all ages would love seeing the bats leave the tunnel out for their evening dinner. Park Rangers were informative and excellent. It is 10 good miles off 290 but there is a cafe back there but not open...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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May 17, 2018|
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.
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
Jack J
April 1, 2018|
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."