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Old Tunnel State Park

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Address: 10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (Formerly Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area)
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+1 866-978-2287
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel...

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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Out Of The Way Small Texas Park - Fun For Family - Bats at night during part of the year.

We stopped at the Alamo Springs Cafe (next to the Old Tunnel State Park) for lunch and then took a walking tour of the park. Although the park is famous for its bats, we were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Harker Heights, Texas
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Harker Heights, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped at the Alamo Springs Cafe (next to the Old Tunnel State Park) for lunch and then took a walking tour of the park. Although the park is famous for its bats, we were there around 3 PM - so we were not "bat watching". The park is constructed on a hillside and has the old railroad tunnel as... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Tunnel is worth repeat visits, and a little different from your usual outdoor experience. It's a very small park where you can see a bat emergence in the evening of around 2 million or so bats. If you've never done this, it's a pretty amazing experience. The park is situated on a hill, and the cave is a former... More 

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Wimberley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We will definitely go back to see the bats but my kids really enjoyed our visit. We walked the trails and checked out the tunnel. Everything was so beautiful! We got lots of great pictures so take your camera. We packed snacks and water so the kids enjoyed having a little picnic. I definitely recommend trying Alamo Springs Cafe nearby!

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1 Thank Mrspitts08
Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This place is a little off the beaten path but I liked it. There is a trail that has some slope to it, but it's not too bad. I guess during bat season it's a great place to bat view.

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Richmond
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Not much to see unless you catch the bats flying. If you walk down to the tunnel and look closely inside you can usually see the bats flying around inside the tunnel.

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Baytown, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Quite disappointed that we drove all the way out here, and it is closed for the off season. The restaurant was open, but everything else is not. Nothing on TripAdvisor stated that their season is May-November. That would have helped and saved us a wasted long drive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

You need to see this once in your life. Its interesting and a great experience. Its also a learning experience for younger people.

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Ovilla, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Viewed hundreds of thousand bats late in the season on Oct 31. They usually move south to Mexico by now but warm fall delayed migration. The Texas Park's volunteer, Dale (Gig Em), was on site to record activity and he gave us a lesson on bats and the railroad tunnel. Go to website for seasonal activity - I think April... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A wonderful experience to see (and smell) millions of bats as they emerge for their evening feeding - better viewed during dry cycles when the bats emerge earlier in the evening.

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Klein, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoy coming to this place. The bat colonies in Austin and Houston simply don't compare to the show these bats put on when they leave for their evening activities. You'll be mesmerized watching these guys as they rise like a giant plume into the night sky. The last time we visited the bats came... More 

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