Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Things to Do

The park offers picnic sites, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching, cave tours, and evening bat flight viewing during the season.

Interesting features of the park include 20 known caves, two of which are large enough to be significant. Kickapoo Cavern is approximately 0.25 miles in length (1,400 feet) and boasts some impressive formations. Tours are offered on Saturdays by reservation. Stuart Bat Cave (formally Green Cave), slightly shorter than Kickapoo at 1,068 feet, serves as a migratory stopover for large numbers of Mexican free-tailed bats from mid-March to about the end of October. Bat flights are often spectacular, and public observations are available with an entrance permit. To protect this valuable resource and for your safety, please read and follow all rules and regulations and use caution, as conditions change on a daily basis. Unauthorized entrance into caves is prohibited.

Birding opportunities abound in this area. Park facilities include 14 miles of mountain biking trails and 18 miles of undesignated hiking and birding trails. The park has campsites for tents and recreational vehicles (water, electricity, and sewer hookups). There is also a group campsite for up to 30 people.

This park does not have any trash disposal so all your trash must be packed out.

Tours

Wild cave tours ($10 per person) are scheduled every Saturday at 1 p.m. and require reservations. The cave is in an undeveloped state and is a moderately strenuous underground hiking adventure. This guided wild cave tour requires fair hiking ability, and all participants must sign a liability release and bring sturdy hiking or walking shoes, as well as two light sources per person. Some age restrictions may apply. Unauthorized entry into the caves at the park is prohibited. Potential tour participants should contact the park for reservations and more information. Specialized group tours and events may be arranged by contacting the park.

Equipment Rentals

The park loans out binoculars.

Ranger Programs

Wild cave tours are scheduled every Saturday at 1 p.m. and require reservations. Contact the park to arrange other guided group tours and events. Stuart Bat Cave bat flight observations are from early April through mid-October.

Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Garner State ParkSouth Llano River State ParkSeminole Canyon State Park & Historic SiteDevils River State Natural AreaDevil's Sinkhole State Natural AreaLost Maples State Natural Area and Amistad National Recreation Area.

First Day Hike at this park on January 1, 2015

P.O. Box 705
Brackettville, TX 78832

Latitude: 29.612137

Longitude: -100.448173

(830) 563-2342

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $3 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open Friday through Monday; closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Cave tours are held on Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Unauthorized entry into caves at the park is prohibited.

Office Hours

Fees are collected at the main office, 3.2 miles down the main paved road, during office hours.

A self-pay station is located near the entrance for paying after hour entrance fees.

Maps & Publications
Climate

January average low is 35 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Average rainfall is 18 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

1,580 to 2,002 feet

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