Longhorn Cavern State Park
Cave of Legends
Many stories and legends surround Longhorn Cavern. But geology is what makes it truly unique. Explore the cavern for yourself, just 1.5 hours northwest of Austin.
Things to Do
Tour the cavern! Before or after your tour, hike one of our trails, picnic, or learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its work in Texas (see the exhibit in the original administration building).
Shop at our gift shop; we sell souvenirs and snacks. Buy lunch at our on-site café and enjoy your meal in the dining area overlooking the cavern entrance.
Visit nearby Inks Lake State Park, which offers camping and outdoor fun.
We need your help! Visit the Volunteer page (search on our zip code – 78611) or stop by headquarters.
We offer a variety of cavern tours. Choose one that suits your abilities and interests.
The cave is 68 degrees year-round. For your safety and comfort, please wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles.
- Walking Tour: Explore the cave and learn about its geology and history on this 1.25-mile round trip. We offer guided walking tours multiple times each day, year-round. The tour takes about 1.5 hours.
- Wild Cave Tour: Visit the less developed areas of the cave on the 1.5- to two-hour tour. Be prepared to crawl and wriggle through tight spaces, with only headlamps for light. You will get dirty!
- Paranormal Tour: Delve into unexplained happenings in the cavern on these evening cave tours. Bring a flashlight and your paranormal detection equipment (video cameras, voice recorders, etc.).
- Geology Program: Learn about the complex geology of the Texas Hill Country and how it relates to Longhorn Cavern. The program is geared toward eighth graders and up. The short program includes a lecture and a cave tour, while the long program adds in a field trip. Call the park to schedule a geology tour for yourself or a group.
- Photography Tour: Bring a small group for up to three hours of cave photography. Call the park for a reservation.
Civilian Conservation Corps: The CCC cleared the cavern of debris, and built the facilities of this park and the scenic byway accessing it in the 1930s. To learn more about the CCC’s work here, stop by the original administration building and check the links below:
Nearby cities offer museums, shopping and restaurants: