Longhorn Cavern opened as a State Park in 1932, but it wasn’t until the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived that it became a place of exceptional beauty. From 1934 to 1942, Company 854 of the CCC worked to clear the cave of debris and built structures and stairs using native materials. The stone Administration Building was built in the style now known as National Park Service Rustic, and it is impressive. Rock walls and paths, and the stone stairs leading into the cavern demonstrate the skill of the CCC masons, whose legacy is well preserved.
A local favorite, Longhorn Cavern has a long and storied history in the area. The outlaw Sam Bass and his gang are reputed to have hidden in the caverns back in the days of the Old West. American Indian sign is evident, and Confederate soldiers made gunpowder in the caves. During prohibition, the cave was a speakeasy, and a large room was used for a ballroom.
You can discover both history and legend at Longhorn Cavern State Park, but geology is the star at this attraction. You can choose a walking cavern tour, geology program, photography tour, paranormal tour or wild cave tour. Visitors can hike the scenic trails surrounding the cavern or shop at the gift shop, picnic or have lunch at the café. Special events are scheduled throughout the year. A cool 68 degrees year round, this is a perfect diversion during the summer. (512) 756-4680
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