Friday, April 28, 2017

Longhorn Cavern State Park - Burnet, Texas


Longhorn Cavern State Park has wonders above and below ground.  The cave contains many fascinating features that were carved by an underground river.  The surface of the park has medieval looking buildings built from stone by Civilian Conservation Corps workers.  Everything makes you feel like you stumbled into a fantasy realm.

Location: 6211 Park Road 4 S Burnet, Texas.  Burnet is about 90 minutes northwest of Austin.

Cost: Admission to the above ground part of the park is free.  Cave tours cost $16 for an adult and $12 for children from age 2-12.  Children under 2 are free.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The park is open from 8:00 to dusk every day.  Cave tours depart every hour between 10:00 to 3:00 on weekdays and 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and Sundays.

Official Website: https://visitlonghorncavern.com

Date of Visit: January 17, 2015

This is part of my list of Texas Hill County Day Trip Ideas.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mammoth Cave National Park - Near Park City, Kentucky


Thousands of years ago an underground network of caverns and tunnels was carved by water flowing through limestone in what is now southern Kentucky.  Mammoth Cave National Park contains a large portion of the cave network, and offers a variety of cave tours through various parts of the underground maze.

Location:  Mammoth Cave is about 30 miles north of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The physical address of the Visitor Center is 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Cost: Entrance into the park and the displays at the visitor Center are free.  You do have to pay for the cave tours.  They start at $7 for a basic tour and range all the way to $55.  Most tours are less than $20 a person.  Camping is $20 at the Mammoth Cave Campground.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The park is open all year long.  Visitor Center hours are generally 8:00 am to 6:00 pm with shorter hours in the winter. Check the official website for cave tour hours.

Official Website: www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

Date of Visit: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This was the first stop of the fifth and last day of my family's road trip to Tennessee and Kentucky in the fall of 2016. We camped nearby at the Bailey's Point Campground, and drove into Mammoth Cave National Park in the morning.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bailey's Point Campground


Bailey's Point Campground is situated on a peninsula that juts into the Barron River Lake. The peninsula is made up of six hills - each of which is it's own little peninsula. Campsites on these six hills have 180 degree views of the water. Sunsets and sunrises are absolutely amazing to watch from any location on Bailey's Point.

Location: 3147 Bailey's Point Road Scottsville,  Kentucky. The campground is part of Barren River Lake in Kentucky between the cities of  Scottsville and Glasgow.

Cost: Camping starts at $17 for standard non-electric sites and $23 for electric sites.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Peak Season is usually from the middle of April through the end of October.

Helpful Website: www.recreation.gov/camping/baileys-point

Date of Visit: Monday, October 10, 2016

This was the last stop of the fourth day of our road trip to Tennessee and Kentucky in the fall of 2016. We'd driven from Cumberland Falls State Park and planned to camp overnight at the Bailey's Point Campground.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Inner Space Cavern - Georgetown, Texas


Inner Space Cavern lay undiscovered by the modern world until 1963 when unsuspecting engineers drilled through 40 feet of rock and into one of the large chambers of the cave. The cave was open to the public in 1966 and since that time thousands of people have been able to see the fascinating world created from limestone. A tour of the cave is like a trip into another world.  

Location: 4200 South. I-35 Frontage Road Georgetown, Texas.  Georgetown is about 25 miles north of Austin.

Cost: Tours start at $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open from 9:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Occasionally closed for major holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

Official Website: https://innerspacecavern.com

Date of Visit: Saturday, February 14, 2015

This is part of my list of Texas Hill County Day Trip Ideas.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Topsey Exotic Ranch - Copperas Cove, Texas


The Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Through Safari is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country just a few miles north of Copperas Cove, Texas. You can drive your own car along a loop road and feed the hundreds of animals living on the ranch.  You will see many zebras, goats, emus, ostriches, buffalo, deer, elk, llamas, and many more animals including a camel. When you are done with the drive through part of the ranch you can walk through a small zoo which includes some animals that you can pet.

Location:  945 Co Rd 118, Copperas Cove, Texas

Cost: $11 for adults and $9 for children from ages 3-11. Military discounts are usually available from Fort Hood.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open all year.  From March to September the ranch is open from 9:00 to 5:00 and from October to February the hours are 9:00 to 4:00

Official Website: www.topseyexoticranch.com

Date of Visit: Saturday, September 20, 2014

This is part of my list of  Texas Hill County Day Trip Ideas.

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