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The geography and landscapes in Texas are remarkably varied. With its rolling hills, desert plains, soaring peaks, and pine forests when you drive through the Lone Star State, you may feel like you’ve visited a multitude of lands. The diversity of landscapes extends even below ground where you’ll find everything from natural wonders to lively bars. Here are some of the best spots in the state to grab your headlamp and start exploring, as well as some unexpected sides of Texas’s underground.
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a Texas treasure. A getaway for Texans from all over the state, this Hill Country gem is a destination to camp, hike, rock climb, stargaze, and enjoy the peace and solitude that comes from getting away from the...
Rocksprings, TX 78880, USA
Thought to be the biggest single-chamber cavern in the state, Devil’s Sinkhole is a massive vertical cavern with a total depth of over 350 feet. Most people don’t visit Devil’s Sinkhole to see the hole, itself—they come for the bats. This cavern,...
909 Fannin St #1650, Houston, TX 77010, USA
Unless you work in downtown Houston, you might not know about the intricate system of air-conditioned skywalks and underground walkways connecting the downtown area and filled with restaurants, businesses, and shopping—you can grab lunch and...
1711 Pvt Rd 4468, Sonora, TX 76950, USA
Halfway between Big Bend National Park and San Antonio, off of Interstate 10 and about 15 miles west of Sonora, lies one of the state’s most fascinating natural areas: the Caverns of Sonora. The caves were first discovered at the turn of the 20th...
23220 FM170, Terlingua, TX 79852, USA
La Kiva takes the idea of being an underground hot spot literally. La Kiva is modeled on the Pueblo Indians’ subterranean structures of the same name. Yet this unusual establishment isn’t a ceremonial site, instead it’s the “#1 most bizarre bar...
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Just north of—and a little below—San Antonio are the Natural Bridge Caverns, whose miles of underground passages can be explored in a variety of tours. Lantern tours offer eerie illuminations of the stones, while "Adventure Tours" require...
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, TX 78015, USA
At a cool 64 degrees year round, the Cascade Caverns in Boerne provide a perfect place to escape the heat of the Texas summer. These are living caverns, continuing to expand through the effect of erosion. Situated on 105 acres of land, you can...
6211 Park Road 4 S, Burnet, TX 78611, USA
Created by water seeping into the Hill Country limestone bedrock, Longhorn Cavern State Park has a rich history. Evidence of Ice Age animal remains have been discovered in the cave through its fossil findings, and in more recent years—that is, in...
4200 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Georgetown, TX 78626, USA
First discovered in 1963, Inner Space Cavern is a karst cave—if you’re not up on your geological terms that means it was formed through the process of water dissolving soluble rocks like limestone. When Texas Highway Department construction...
1000 Prospect St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Billed as the very first “show cave” in Texas, Wonder World Park has been a Hill Country attraction for over a century. In addition to the cave that was the original attraction, Wonder World Park now boasts a number of other features including a...
7831, 325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, TX 78006, USA
While caves can have slightly different temperatures, one thing is certain: 66 degrees in the middle of summer is a sure way to a Texan’s heart. Cave Without a Name stays at this temperature year-round and is located in the heart of Texas close to...
Spring Branch, TX 78070, USA
At over 20 miles and length and still in the process of being explored, Honey Creek Cave is Texas’s longest cave. So long, in fact, that it passes beneath two counties. For the past 30 years, the cave has been actively explored although it is not...
850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255, USA
Drive north to the Panhandle Plains of Texas, and you’ll soon reach the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons. The State Park and Trailway is full of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, guided tours, mountain biking, and fishing. Perhaps...
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