Texas is packed with natural beauty, both above and below the surface. Whether you want to get down on your hands and knees to crawl through dark passages, or prefer gazing into caverns from afar, there’s plenty of opportunity for underground adventure all over the state.
Here are eight popular Texas caves worth exploring.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Located about 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns allow visitors to hike through an amazing half-mile cavern 180 feet below the ground.
The Kickapoo Cavern trail in Brackettville is for more experienced adventurers, as it’s undeveloped and a strenuous underground hiking trail. Don’t forget your helmet!
This cave is commonly known to be the largest single-chamber cavern in Texas. Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area in Rocksprings is also home to the state’s largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats.
Longhorn Cavern State Park in Burnet offers daily tours of the cavern and is conveniently only 1.5 hours northwest of Austin. It’s the perfect distance for an easy day trip!
Inner Space Cavern
Hidden for 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is one of the few places where prehistoric remains have been found. Pretty crazy, huh?
Cascade Caverns in Boerne is located in an 105-acre park that also offers camping and nature trails.
Caverns of Sonora
You can find The Caverns of Sonora in beautiful Texas Hill Country. They are known to have some of the most beautiful crystal formations in the world.
Wonder World Cave
Travelers stop by Wonder World Park in San Marcos each year to set eyes on this earthquake-formed cave. It was the first commercial show cave to open to the public in Texas.