‪Old Tunnel State Park‬

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RahRah23
‪Rosharon‬, تكساس78 مساهمة
العائلة •
‪Beautiful view of nature. The bats are intriguing! The park rangers are very knowledgeable about the bats & give a really good presentation. If you struggle to walk or climb, the upper level seating would be best for you.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 يوليو 2022
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Gina E
‪Midland‬, تكساس186 مساهمة
بمفردك •
‪I happened to be passing by and just had to stop and check it out. I went to the first observation area.. But spotted a closer area... Made my way down to that one. Heard a couple with two little kids on the bridge and decided to see what was down there. I got to the bridge, saw the tunnel in one direction and some trails in the other direction. Tempting as it was, I decided not to wander off down the trail. As I started back up, I also realized I'm extremely out of shape and those steps are kinda steep. (Also didn't realize how many of them there were until on the way back up) I wasn't sure I was going to make it, but thankfully I did. I sat in the AC in the car for a few minutes before I recovered enough to drive safely.
The experience was worth it, but know your limits. It was also 103° when I was there. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 يونيو 2022
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bhamilton68
3 مساهمات
‪Worth the stop! The trails are short and mostly shaded. We did not stay for the bats leaving the tunnel, but it was still really informative to read the placards and hike the trails. Well maintained park.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 يونيو 2022
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PNG81
‪Groves‬, تكساس311 مساهمة
‪Watched the bats come out and was impressed. Even though the bat numbers are low being early in the year was still worth it‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 يونيو 2022
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Guy NorCal
‪Orangevale‬, كاليفورنيا123 مساهمة
‪This is a relatively small state park and preserved mostly for the magnificent bat colony that is here during the late spring and summer. It is about 15 miles out of Fredericksburg in the beautiful hill country.

There is a seating area for viewing the bats as the emerge from the old railroad tunnel. During daylight hours, one may take a short hike along the trails. Know that this area is hot in late spring, summer, and early fall. The trails are only partially shaded. There is much loose cobble and many up and downs. If one is obese, that person will have trouble any hiking. Getting to the viewing area will be manageable.

Kids will enjoy the hike as it is not too long and has many interesting nature sites. Interpretive panels add well to the experience. Of course, seeing the bats fly off is much fun, too.

This is a popular place for touring motorcycles. One may park across the road in a overflow lot. I was here on Saturday in mid-May and it was lightly attended. I was able to park my 23 foot travel trailer and truck in the overflow lot very easily.

Be sure to visit the Alamo Spring Cafe next door.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 14 مايو 2022
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Katie L
هوستن, تكساس94 مساهمة
‪Really cool to see the bats, and especially for Fredericksburg, this is an inexpensive way to see some true Hill Country scenery and experience one of nature's wonders.

Pros:

-Beautiful countryside & a chance to get out into true Hill Country
-Upper deck tickets only cost $2 apiece, lower deck is $5 apiece
-Park staff are knowledgeable and happy to tell you anything and everything about bats in general, not just their specific bats.
-Park is open during the day for free - a short, beautiful hike of moderate difficulty (uphill & downhill climbing).
-Other wildlife are fascinating - lizards, deer, etc.
-A GORGEOUS place to picnic - a covered table right on the edge of the hill overlooking the entire valley
-Can climb down to see the tunnel from afar during the day as long as you're quiet.
-SO MANY BATS. Really cool to watch them fly out. It takes them about 5 min. to all fly out, so you get lots of time to look.
-Upper deck tickets were available for us day of, but later in the season it might be harder to get them, so keep that in mind.

Cons:

-Upper deck is much easier to access, but you don't see the bats nearly as well. Helps to look at them through your cell phone camera as it automatically lightens everything. Or cup your hands around your eyes like pretend binoculars - that blocks some ambient light. (Learned that trick from one of the park rangers!)
-Hike down to lower deck is difficult for those with leg or back pain. older people, or very young kids. There are LOTS of steps up and down, some very steep.
-Lots of grass and shrubs right along the trail. Wear ankle protection (socks or something thicker) as well as closed toe shoes with ankle support. I imagine there are plenty of snakes, though I didn't see any.
-Only bathrooms available during the day are the portable toilets in the overflow parking lot.
-A ways into the country along winding roads, so be prepared for a difficult drive home in the dark. Go slow and keep your eyes peeled for deer - there are a LOT.
-Window to see bats is not easy to squeeze into other plans, so if you want to see them, make sure you plan around it! Check online to see when the bats have emerged in the days leading up to your reservation.
-Lower deck tickets weren't available the day of, so if you want to see the bats as closely as possible, book ahead of time.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 9 مايو 2022
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MrsSparky
‪Benton‬, أركنساس256 مساهمة
زوجان •
‪Long drive for a lookout view if you’re not a hiker. It was pretty but not worth our time. Hikers will enjoy it. Not for mobility challenged.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 21 أبريل 2022
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Chrisinkingwood2
هوستن, تكساس5,647 مساهمة
‪I saw a sign on the highway near Fredericksburg and decided to check it out. As it was March and kind of a cloudy day I had the place to myself. I hiked down to the old tunnel, the hike is not too hard, even for me at age 66! No bats yet as it is before they roost here but an interesting place to visit and add to my list of places I have been.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أبريل 2022
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marianne b
هوستن, تكساس19 مساهمة
‪We had the park to ourselves on a Friday afternoon. We didn't go to see the bats but just walk the park. There is a good view of the tunnel but you can't get close to it. There is a nice shaded walk through the park that goes along a creek.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 سبتمبر 2021
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Kathryn C
‪Hardin‬, تكساس123 مساهمة
‪Nice small park. We took the half mile nature hike. Very scenic and relaxing. Beware, though. This hike is steep in places and the trail is rough in places. It's the state's smallest park but it's a beautiful area and quite a scenic drive to get here. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the wonderful views from the top. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 مايو 2021
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