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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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AMAZING BATS

Exciting event. Park person talked about bats in general, dispelling rumors about vanpire bats, etc. When bats started coming out at 7:30, we were disappointed, but by 7:45 were... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2015
Donna G
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Burleson, Texas
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Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

We arrived about 7:05 pm, there were several people already there. We saw maybe 3 bats as they flew up by us. We stayed until 8;05 everybody had left but us but the bats appeared to have left from another exit. Which I wouldn't blame them. The host kept answering questions throughout the whole hour, there were noisy kids that... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Exciting event. Park person talked about bats in general, dispelling rumors about vanpire bats, etc. When bats started coming out at 7:30, we were disappointed, but by 7:45 were elated. Millions came out and swirled up and through trees.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

So much better than I expected. Pay the $5 fee to go down below. Good talk by the ranger, and then the bats came out. They do this cool circular thing building up height to clear the trees then fly off for miles and miles. The population had recently dropped from 3 million to 800,000 as the bat started heading... More 

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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Went there during the day/ no charge if you are not watching the bats. Really neat to see the old tunnel but it's a short steep hike to the bottom.

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Thank Priscilla E
Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

We went on Labor Day weekend - was really crowded, and we arrived too late to go down to the lower level to get closer to the cave. But that was okay, because the smell would have probably been too much. We saw plenty of bats come out, and in fact, they also emerged from the north end. Enjoyed the... More 

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Reviewed 28 August 2015

Fun for a great price. We went to lower level and paid the 5.00. The bats came out early around 845 pm so we were done by 915. We didn't wait for all of them to come out because it is a good walk back up the hill and not well lit. Was worth the 5.00. Like the information the... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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Reviewed 28 August 2015

We paid the small fee to go to the bottom where the bats actually come out of the tunnel right over you! I actually felt one sweep right over my head! The park ranger comes and talks to you and answers questions before the bats come out each night. You can even go early and walk to the bottom of... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

Wow! Such an incredible sight to see if you have never been before. We drove up to the state park around 5:30pm. Upon arriving we were greeted by two very friendly and knowledgable park volunteers. They informed us about all of the different types of bats to see, history of the park, and so on. We luckily got there just... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2015

this was so cool - be sure and call the number to find out the emergence time & be there an hour ahead to get a seat - you cannot imaging what it is like for 3 million bats to emerge but it is awesome.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

Experienced a fun evening- even with lightening, thunder and a major down pour of rain. We arrived at 6.30, and paid our "donation" to sit in the lower seating area. The road down to the tunnel was still open, so we quickly walked down to take a look and then back up to get some seats. A very knowledgeable volunteer... More 

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