Kickapoo Cavern State Park

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Kickapoo Cavern State Park

  • Kickapoo Cavern (Inside the Cave)
    Explore Kickapoo Cavern on a guided tour.
  • Bats Leaving Stuart Bat Cave
    During warm months, marvel at bats heading out for a night of hunting.
  • Windmill at Kickapoo Caverns
    Camp, hike, bike and watch nature at this lightly-developed park.

Natural Wonders

Bring a sense of wonder and your spirit of adventure to Kickapoo Cavern State Park. Head west from San An­tonio to explore this lightly-developed park with its many caves, birds, bats, trails and more.

Things to Do

The park offers hiking and mountain biking, caves, camping, bird-watching, geocaching and evening bat flight viewing (in season).

Note: You must pack out your trash, as we do not have trash service.


Hike or bike miles of trails, catching glimpses of wildlife along the way. Find information and links to maps on our Trails Information page.

Don’t miss the Armadillo Lookout Trail, which leads to a panoramic view of the southwestern area of the park.


Stay overnight at one of our camp­sites. We have five full hookup camp­sites, 10 campsites with water only, and a 30-person group camp. This park cannot fit RVs over 36 feet.


The park has 20 known caves; the two largest are Kickapoo Cavern and Stuart Bat Cave. Unauthorized entry into caves is not allowed, to protect the caves and the creatures that live in them.

We have guided cave tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. Reservations are required.

Kickapoo Cavern is about 1,400 feet long, the result of 4 million years of geologic change. 

Stuart Bat Cave is slightly shorter than Kickapoo and is the seasonal home to thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats usually live in the cave from mid-March to the end of October. They leave the cave each evening at dusk to hunt for their prey - insects.  

If you visit Stuart Bat Cave to watch bat flights, please read and follow the posted rules for your safety. Remember that bats are wild creatures and don’t always appear on schedule. Contact the park for current bat information. 


About 240 migrant and resident bird species have been sighted in the park. Borrow a pair of binoculars at head­quarters and visit our bird blind to see who is stopping by for a drink.

Get involved

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs.

Learn more about the park on our Nature or History pages, and by downloading our Interpretive Guide to Kickapoo Cavern State Park | PDF.

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20939 RR 674
Brackettville, TX 78832

Latitude: 29.610016

Longitude: -100.452465

(830) 563-2342

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

Open: 8 a.m. Friday to 4:30 p.m. on Monday 
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


We often reach capacity and recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Unauthorized entry into caves is prohibited.


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

National Weather Service forecast for this area

1,580 to 2,002 feet