The National Cave of Texas

"The scenic beauty, the splendors which time and water have wrought...defy description."

National Park Service, 1934

Located less than 90 minutes from Austin, Texas, Longhorn Cavern State Park is a unique Hill Country destination full of natural beauty and Texas-sized tales.

Developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the park’s star attraction is Longhorn Cavern, an underground wonder created by the dissolving and cutting action of an ancient river.

Enjoy a guided cave tour, hike a Hill Country trail, and admire some of Texas' best examples of historic CCC architecture. It's all part of the story of Longhorn Cavern State Park.


"I've been to caverns in Virginia, Texas, New York, and Tennessee, and I must say this one was different than all the rest. Make the trip; you won't regret it."

--Google Review

"This is a spectacular cave with many fascinating stories…Can't wait to go back."

--Facebook Review

"Truly an amazingly beautiful place...both underground and above! Go to the lookout tower for exceptional views!"

--TripAdvisor Review

"We're from out of state and wanted to check out a cavern in Texas…This is our family's first time going to a cavern and it's amazing. I was blown away by the experience."

--Yelp Review

Cave Tours

To help protect the fragile cavern environment, access to Longhorn Cavern is by paid guided tour only. Low-heeled shoes with rubber soles are recommended on all tours. Additional safety equipment is required for the Wild Cave Tour. Underground temperatures remain nearly constant at up to 68 degrees, keeping the cavern comfortable on cold winter days and providing a cool escape from the summer heat.

Walking Tour

Experience the hidden beauty of the Hill Country on this guided walking tour of Longhorn Cavern, the National Cave of Texas.

Wild Cave Tour

Take your adventure deeper on this primitive caving tour of Longhorn Cavern, the National Cave of Texas. Safety gear is provided.

Book a Private Group

Longhorn Cavern State Park offers unique private group experiences for non-profit/tax-exempt organizations. Click HERE to get started.


Get answers to frequently asked questions about Longhorn Cavern State Park. Click HERE to help plan your visit.

Explore the Park

Longhorn Cavern State Park is more than a beautiful cavern. Located atop Backbone Ridge, a small chain of beautiful limestone hills, Longhorn Cavern State Park and our sister park, Inks Lake State Park, have plenty of outdoor activities to fill your day.

The CCC discovered crystals, fossils, and more inside Longhorn Cavern. Make your own discoveries in our gemstone mining sluice.
Admire the classic “parkitecture” style of our original buildings, constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Take a leisurely hike along the Backbone Ridge trail system, then enjoy a picnic lunch under an old grove of Hill Country trees.
Take in a 360-degree view of the Texas Hill Country—including the nearby Falkenstein Castle—from the historic CCC Observation Tower.

Inks Lake State Park

Enjoy camping, boating, and other activities at Inks Lake State Park, just 6 miles north of Longhorn Cavern State Park on historic Park Road 4.

Snack Bar

Stay fueled with snacks and cold drinks from our self-service snack bar, located inside the visitor center.

Gift Shop

Remember your visit with unique themed apparel, souvenirs, and beautiful rocks and gemstones from the Longhorn Cavern State Park gift shop.

Find Us

6211 Park Road 4 South • Burnet, TX 78611 • Click Map for Directions
Google Map of Longhorn Cavern State Park