Admission to the grounds of Longhorn Cavern State Park is FREE for all visitors.
Longhorn Cavern State Park does NOT charge an entrance fee to use our picnic areas or picnic pavilion
or to visit historic buildings during business hours.

Access to the cavern is by paid guided tour only and requires an Activity Fee.


Access to the cavern is by paid guided tour only and requires an Activity Fee.

Tickets to the guided walking tour are sold at our ticket counter
in the visitor center when you arrive at the park.

Adults (13+)

Military with ID/Seniors (65+)

Kids (3-12)

Children under age 3


The park grounds are open from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Cavern Walking Tours start every hour from 10 AM to 4 PM*.
*Tour times are subject to change.

We will be CLOSED December 24th & 25th.

Please call 512-715-9000 for all park Information.

Stories in Stone

Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, Longhorn Cavern State Park is a Texas Hill Country wonder rich in human and geological history. Located less than 90 minutes northwest of Austin, the park’s centerpiece is Longhorn Cavern, a unique flow cave environment created over many years by the dissolving and cutting action of water on the limestone bedrock. Prehistoric creatures, colorful characters, and a healthy dose of Texas-sized folklore all play an important part in telling the unique story of Longhorn Cavern State Park.

“A hidden gem of the Texas Hill Country. Touring the cavern and learning about its rich history is a must.”Facebook Review

Guided Tours

To help protect the fragile cave environment, access to the underground portions of Longhorn Cavern State Park is by paid guided tour only. Tours are available to suit many abilities and interests. For safety and comfort, guests are encouraged to wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles on all cave tours. With a near-constant temperature of 68 degrees, Longhorn Cavern is comfortable on the coldest winter day and provides a cool escape from the summer heat.

Walking Tour

Our most popular tour. Offered 363 days a year. Suitable for most ages and abilities.

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Wild Cave Tour

A primitive caving adventure. Offered Saturdays at 9:30am. Reservations are required.

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Photography Tour

A personalized photography experience. Offered the first Saturday of each month at 8am. Reservations required.

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Bring your group of 20 or more and receive SPECIAL GROUP RATES on guided tours.

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“The picnic grounds are delightful. Don’t forget to climb the observation tower.”TripAdvisor Review

  • Historic Architecture

    Admire the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

  • Hill Country Nature Trails

    Explore the beauty of Backbone Ridge.

  • Shaded Picnic Area

    Grab a quick bite from our snack bar or bring your own.


Longhorn Cavern State Park is more than a beautiful cavern. Nestled atop Backbone Ridge, a small chain of hills overlooking Hoover’s Valley, Longhorn Cavern State Park and our sister park, Inks Lake State Park, have enough to keep you active and outdoors all day long. Hike a trail, enjoy a picnic, or learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its contribution to Texas parks.

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“Everyone was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Plus, super organized! Loved it!”Square Review

Guest Services

Guest experience is our top priority. Park staff is here to help you make the most of your visit to Longhorn Cavern State Park—from the deepest formation to the top of the historic observation tower. You’ll find the majority of guest services located inside the Visitor Center.

Tickets & Information

Stop by the main counter to purchase tour tickets, grab a park map, or ask questions about your visit.

Snack Bar

Hungry? Our Sweet Marley’s snack bar has hot dogs, nachos, snow cones, and other quick service food and drinks to keep you going.

Gift Shop

Visit Longhorn Cavern Outfitters for themed apparel and souvenirs to remember your trip.

By the State of Texas
Tours Given
Days a Year
An Easy
Miles from Austin