List of Things To Do at the Frio River | 60+ Attractions

There is more to do than just float the Frio River.  We made this list to serve as a directory of different points of interest in the Frio River Area: Concan, Rio Frio, Garner State Park and Leakey.

Points of interest included but are not limited to, Eating and Dining, Shops and Boutiques, Hiking and Nature Attractions, Nightlife Scenes, where to Rent Tubes and Kayaks and even General Stores.  You will find some of the more prominent and popular locations within each category.

We sorted each category by closeness to Concan’s River Road.  After all of those are listed, you will most likely find listings for the Garner State Park area, while leading towards the Leaky, TX area and so on.

Find these and more:
Souvenir Shops    Tube/Kayak Rentals    General Stores    Bat Flights    Helicopter Rides    Horseback Riding    Nature Hikes    State Parks    Miniature Golf    Live Music    Museums    Winery    Dove Hunting    Concan Pies  & more...

 

Enjoy this list of over 60+ things to do around the Frio River :

Shops & Boutiques at the Frio River

Frio Fergie’s River Co.

Frio Fergie’s River Co. - A true surf shop right on the Frio River! Need to flaunt some new swim wear or kicks on the Frio?  Cute dress for the Garner dance?  They have it!

Location: River Road – Second Crossing

Phone Number: (830) 232-5260

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Frio’s Dry Fifty

Frio's Dry Fifty is the premiere stop for visitors of the Frio River.  Best T-Shirts in the Concan area!

Location: Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-6300

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Josh’s Frio River Outfitters

Josh's Frio River Outfitters offers everything needed, whether it's for fishing, tubing, swimming or just sitting in the clear waters of the Frio River. Your all-around one stop shop!

Location: Concan, TX & Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-4243

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Andy’s

Andy's is another one-stop shop for everything you need to float and enjoy the Frio River.  Leave with ice-cream or a new t-shirt or souvenir.  Andy's has cabin rentals and tube rentals with shuttles to the river.  Everything you need!  Their motto is "Visit us soon, you'll be glad you did."

Location: Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-5444

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Cowgirl Loca

Cowgirl Loca - A unique Boutique of Southwest Dressing, Native American Jewelry, Handmade Jewelry, Accessories and Ranch Decor!

Location: Concan, TX

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Concan Radio Coolers

Best quality radio coolers on the market! Completely waterproof! Simple and efficient systems give you 3 days of play time on a single charge.

Location: 31363 US-83, Concan, TX

Phone Number: 830-275-2109

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Canyon Charm & Company

Boutique, gifts, home accents, antiques and tourists friendly.

Location: 1034 US-83, Leakey, TX 78873

Phone Number: (830) 232-6102

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Josh’s Frio River Outfitters

Josh's Frio River Outfitters offers everything needed, whether it's for fishing, tubing, swimming or just sitting in the clear waters of the Frio River. Your all-around one stop shop!

Location: Concan, TX & Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-6292

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Restaurants: Eating and Dining at the Frio River

Frio Farm

Frio Farm is a small, family farm nestled along the Frio River. They specialize in hand-crafted baked goods and Farm-to-table food made from scratch. They use local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Frio Farm has pastured eggs, fresh churned butter, buttermilk and handmade whip cream that combined with our very special artisan extracts, creates superior taste.

Location: River Road | 512 CR 348 Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 965-7646

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Hippie Chicks River Shack

Hippie Chic's River Shack is the place to go in Concan for the best food and vibe on the Frio River. We ate there several times and everything we ordered was delicious.

Located: 721 River Rd Concan, TX

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House Pasture Cattle Co.

House Pasture Cattle Co. - Chicken Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak, Grilled Chicken Salad, Ribeyes, Burgers, Hand-Battered Mushroom, Kenny's Nachos, Chips & Salsa, Cowboy Eggrolls, Western Cheese Fries and more...

Location: River Road | 3064 CR 348 ( River Road ), Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-6580

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Concan Pies

Concan Pies - Homemade Pies and Cakes. The best on the Frio River. Find them located above Concan General Store in Concan, TX.

Location: Concan, TX

Phone: (713) 562-8043

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Big Iron BBQ

Big Iron BBQ prides itself in just good Texas bar-b-que. Our meat is slow smoked on a rotisserie smoker with pecan wood. Text me your to go orders while staying on the river. Allow me to cater your private party, weekend or wedding reception.

Located: Concan, TX

Phone Number: (806) 778-0343

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Neal’s Dining Room

Neal’s Dining Room - Delicious Family Dining on the Frio! Huge menu sure to please everyone! Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Open 7-Days a Week!

Located: Concan, TX (Near Neal’s Crossing)

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Garner Grill

Enjoy the tasty food available at the Garner Grill. Located near the Historic Garner Pavilion, in a vintage airstream trailer, you will be thrilled at what the cooks whip up for you! With sourdough buns from Houston, Moonshine Tea from Austin and the best burgers you've sunk your teeth in-this is a must-stop-must-eat!

Located: Garner State Park

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Buckhorn Bar & Grill

The Buckhorn Bar & Grill offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with great food, drinks, and live entertainment. We’re proud to be the home of The Three Sisters and a perfect place to end your day on the Frio River.

Location: Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-4755

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Mill Creek Café

Mill Creek Café - MADE FROM SCRATCH ALWAYS. Hours: Daily 7am - 9pm | Daily Lunch Buffets - Friday Nights: All You Can Eat Fish - Saturday Night Special: 10 oz. Ribeye, Baked Potato or Fries, trip to the Salad Bar.

Location: Leakey, TX

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Mama Chloe’s Mexican

Mama Chloe’s Mexican - We have great food. Enchiladas, carne guisada, fajitas, tacos, and other great plates. | Hours: 11am - 9pm

Location: Leakey, TX

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Bent Rim Grille

The Bent Rim Grill offers a variety of burgers made from pure Angus beef always fresh, never frozen. Our french fries, onion rings, tater tots, and Texas Toothpicks are fried in 0% trans fat oil. We have a variety of other sandwich choices and can make something special for our vegetarian guests.

Location: Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-6649

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The Friend’s Grill

The Friend’s Grill Restaurant is located in downtown Leakey and offers full lunch and dinner menus, as well as full service catering either off site or on site at the "Patio Grill" or the "Courtyard".

Location: Leakey, TX

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Vinny’s Italian Restaurant

Get your pizza on at Vinny's Italian Restaurant!

Location: 545 US-83, Leakey, TX 78873

Phone Number: (830) 232-4420

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The Laurel Tree

The Laurel Tree is a private, very unique dining destination. 4 Course French Meal; Only open Saturdays by Reservation

Location: Utopia, TX

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Tube & Kayak Rentals at the Frio River

Frio Country Store

Groceries, Tubes, Shuttles, River Gear, Gift Items, Pizza, Tacos & MORE!

Tube Rentals: $10/day for 1 Day;  $8/day for 2 Days;  $5/day for 3 Days
Shuttle Rentals: $5/person, $20 minimum

Location: River Road | 1801 Co Rd 348, Concan, TX

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Frio Star Rentals

Star Rentals is a family owned kayak and tube rent-out business and RV sites located on CR 350 in beautiful and scenic Concan, Texas. Star Rentals has been renting innertubes and kayaks to vacationing guests of the Leakey, Rio Frio and Concan area for many years and in 2018 expands services with 3 RV sites. We appreciate our many returning customers who come to us each time they visit the Frio River for water fun.

Whether you're looking to take a great ride down the Frio River in a tube or kayak, do some swimming, fishing and exploring the surrounding area and State Parks, or just relax by a campfire in the area's clean, country air, Star Rentals in Concan is your number one vacation water fun resource!

Tube Rentals: Bottom $9;  No-Bottom $7
Kayak Rentals: $20 - $28

Location: River Road  |  1397 County Rd 350, Concan, TX 78838

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Andy’s

Andy's is another one-stop shop for everything you need to float and enjoy the Frio River.  Leave with ice-cream or a new t-shirt or souvenir.  Andy's has cabin rentals and tube rentals with shuttles to the river.  Everything you need!  Their motto is "Visit us soon, you'll be glad you did."

Location: Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-5444

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Happy Hollows Grocery

Frio River adventures begin at Happy Hollow Grocery. Don’t let our name fool you. We are a full service, family-oriented River outfitter for adventure and fun. We offer tubing and kayaking for all ages and skill levels.

Tubes: $10 day, $30 week
Kayak (1 man): $25 day

Location: Concan, TX (Near Garner State Park)

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Josh’s Frio River Outfitters

Josh's Frio River Outfitters offers everything needed, whether it's for fishing, tubing, swimming or just sitting in the clear waters of the Frio River. Your all-around one stop shop!

Location: Concan, TX & Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-4243

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Night Life, Music, Bars and Dancing at the Frio River

House Pasture Cattle Co.

House Pasture is one of the top music venues in Texas. With a great lineup every weekend they will make you want to stay all summer. They have a full bar and restaurant included. Check the website for upcoming concerts.

Location: River Road (Near Second Crossing)

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Joe Jimmy’s

This is a family friendly place that offers: Dancing, Arcade, Concession Stand, Gaga Ball, Basketball, Swing set, Bar.

We have live music most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The other nights we play a variety of dancing music from old country to Nashville and Texas music to line dances.

Location: Concan, TX (Near Neal’s Crossing)

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Garner State Park

Summer Dances are held nightly during the summer from Memorial weekend thru mid-August.  Off season dances will be listed on the calendar. You can also follow us on Facebook for more updates.

Location: Garner State Park

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Bent Rim Grill

Great food + Beer & wine, Live music, dance floor.  Also, shuffleboard, dancing & more!

Location: Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-6649

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Buckhorn Bar & Grill

The Buckhorn Bar & Grill offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with great food, drinks, and live entertainment. We’re proud to be the home of The Three Sisters and a perfect place to end your day on the Frio River.

Location: Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-4755

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General Stores at the Frio River

Frio Country Store

Groceries, Tubes, Shuttles, River Gear, Gift Items, Pizza, Tacos & MORE!

Tube Rentals: $10/day for 1 Day;  $8/day for 2 Days;  $5/day for 3 Days
Shuttle Rentals: $5/person, $20 minimum

Location: River Road | 1801 Co Rd 348, Concan, TX

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Frio Fergie’s River Co.

Frio Fergie’s River Co. - A true surf shop right on the Frio River! Need to flaunt some new swim wear or kicks on the Frio?  Cute dress for the Garner dance?  They have it!

Location: River Road – Second Crossing

Phone Number: (830) 232-5260

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Concan General Store

We have everything!  Fuel, T-shirts, Deli, Hamburgers, Pizza, Frio River Gear, Tubes, Fresh Jerky, Fresh Meat Deli, Sodas, All Groceries and much much more.

Location: Concan, TX | Hwy 83 At Fm 127

Phone Number: (830) 232-6414

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Happy Hollows Grocery

Frio River adventures begin at Happy Hollow Grocery. Don’t let our name fool you. We are a full service, family-oriented River outfitter for adventure and fun. We offer tubing and kayaking for all ages and skill levels.

Tubes: $10 day, $30 week
Kayak (1 man): $25 day

Location: Concan, TX (Near Garner State Park)

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Turquoise Antler General Store

 The Turquoise Antler General Store is a US Home Goods Store based in Leakey, Texas.

Location: Leakey, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-5636

 

Bear Market Meats

At Bear’s Market and Specialty Meats, our motto is to Eat Well and Grill Big!  Take the party outside and enjoy your time in the Hill Country.  But, let us do the work for you so you have more time to enjoy your family and friends!  Be the King of the grill AND the Life of the party!

Location: 83 South, 608 Leakey Springs Rd, Leakey, TX 78873

Phone Number: (830) 232-5559

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Golf Courses at the Frio River: Miniature, 9 & 18-hole

Royal Oaks Miniature Golf

One of the nicest miniature golf courses in the Texas Hill Country. There is a 9 hole courses and a large practice green which is situated in a beautiful setting with plenty of benches. Non-players can relax and enjoy watching the fun from a central patio area. Play this 9 hole course for only $5.00.

Location: River Road

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The Club at Concan

The Club at Concan, nestled in the Frio River Texas Hill Country region, is a par 72, 18 holes, 7,333 yards championship course. Panoramic views of the Hill Country are found on every fairway and premium Zoysia grass underfoot makes this a must-play course. Located just minutes from Garner State Park.

Phone Number: 830-232-4471

Location: 520 Mountain Valley Drive, Concan, TX 78838

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Utopia Golf

Utopia Golf is the most beautiful nine-hole golf course in Texas! Come experience for yourself why Dr. David Cook was so inspired by this scenic location to write "Golf's Sacred Journey - Seven Days at the Links of Utopia", the book which then inspired the movie Seven Days in Utopia starring Robert Duvall. Tee times are available, but not required. Come out and play a round or two, return to the simple pleasures of the game, and enjoy the scenic Texas Hill Country views.

Phone Number: 830-966-5577

Location: Hwy. 187, Utopia, TX 78884

Other Attractions & More Things To Do at the Frio River

Helicopter Rides

Next to House Pasture in Concan, Texas. Usually there most weekends and most weekdays in the summer.

Location: The House Pasture Cattle Co.

Phone Number: (830) 232-6580

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Elm Creek Stables

Located just north of Garner off Highway 83. Take a horse ride through the Frio Canyon. Contact the owners for dates and times of rides.

Location: ¼ mile North of Garner State Park on HWY 83 N, Concan, TX

Phone Number: (830) 232-5365

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Rio Frio Fest

Music Festival in Rio Frio, TX.  The Rio Frio Fest is going to turn up the heat even more by bringing your favorite musicians (every day and night) and of course, outdoor activities, Big Crawfish Boil, and more!

Dates: Spring Break (Usually)

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Real County Historical Museum

The Real County Historical Museum preserves pioneer ways through a replicated log-cabin parlor, kitchen and bedroom, all furnished with pieces donated by local families. A large collection shows local stone dartpoints used by prehistoric Native Americans.

There is also an ornate 1880s horse-drawn hearse pulled in local parades. An adjacent former blacksmith shop houses ranch relics, including a hand-powered wool and mohair shearing machine. Outside exhibits show farm implements, a log corn crib and jail cells from the 1910s.

Location: 151 Evergreen Street, Leakey, Texas 78873

Phone Number: 830-232-5330

Entrance Fees: Adults: $1; Ages 11 and under: $0.50

Hours: March – December: Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Frio Bat Flights

The second largest bat cave open to the public. 10 - 12 million Mexican Free Tailed Bats each night.

Location: Utopia, TX

Phone Number: 888-502-9387

Email: info@friobatflight.com

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Lost Maples Winery

Enjoy a relaxing drive and a great glass of wine. Enjoy a relaxing drive and a great glass of wine Located in Vanderpool, Texas and right along the Sabinal River is this quaint winery.

They use Black Spanish/Lenoir grapes to produce their one of a kind taste. Take a scenic, relaxing drive to one of Texas' most beautiful vinyard and winery around.

Location: Vanderpool, TX 78885

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Vanderpool Motorcylce Museum

Displays bikes from the 1910s to present. Includes hours, admission rates and directions. Located in Vanderpool, Texas.

Location: 36517 Ranch Rd 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Phone Number: (830) 966-6103

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Texas Dove Hunting

Seasonal dove hunts offered yearly by local outfitters.

Location: Uvalde, TX

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Nature, Scenic Areas, Wildlife and Hiking Trails at the Frio River

Ride The Twisted Sisters Route

This 100-mile loop is, without a doubt, among the best, most challenging motorcycle roads in the state. The route follows canyons and climbs jagged, steep hills; the roads offer many tight, twisty curves with shear drop offs alongside and not much in the way of guardrails. In one 15-mile section, there are approximately 65 curves!

Experienced riders bliss out on this ride. Beginners are cautioned to focus on the road—even when a panoramic vista pops up along the way. Don’t forget to top off the gas tank before heading out.

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Rio Frio Oak Tree

The Rio Frio Oak is the third largest Live Oak tree in the state.  This ancient live oak has more than a passing claim to fame.  Not only is it a giant among trees, with few peers in its species, but it is a bearing point from which all land in the town of Rio Frio is platted.

Location: Rio Frio, TX

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Mount Old Baldy

Mount Ol' Baldy is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Concan, Texas that features a great forest setting.  The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.  Your hard work up this short but steep hike will be rewarded with amazing views for miles around.

Location: Garner State Park

Distance: 1.0 miles

Elevation: 436 ft

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Garner State Park

Garner State Park is a state park in the community of Concan, Texas located in Uvalde County, Texas in the United States. Garner State Park, in the Texas Hill Country, is the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping. It often fills by noon in peak parts of the season. The park is popular with campers and local residents for its activities on the Frio River and the dances held nightly during the spring and summer.

Phone Number: (830) 232-6132

Location: 234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older; $8 Daily; Child 12 Years and Under: Free

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Lost Maples State Natural Park

Lost Maples State Natural Area is a pristine area of hills and canyons on the upper Sabinal River in the Edwards Plateau of Texas, United States. It is designated a Natural Area, rather than a State Park, and therefore the primary focus is maintenance and protection of the property's natural state. Accordingly, access and recreational activities may be restricted if the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) deems such action necessary to protect the environment.

Lost Maples State Natural Area is located about 5 miles (8 km) north of Vanderpool, Texas and 71 miles (114 km) west of San Antonio. The preserve sits along the Sabinal River in western Bandera County and far eastern Real County.

Phone Number: (830) 966-3413

Location: 37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Entrance Fees: Adult: $6 Daily; Child 12 Years and Under: Free

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Hill Country State Natural Area

Tucked away in the rugged terrain southwest of Bandera is Hill Country State Natural Area, an undeveloped and secluded retreat. Approximately 40 miles of multiuse trails wind up grassy valleys, cross spring-fed streams, and climb steep limestone hills. Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy exploring the trails. Campsites for primitive and back country camping are available to equestrian and non-equestrian campers. There is also a Group Lodge with a kitchen. Swimming and fishing are not available at this time due to extremely low water levels. Fire danger conditions can change rapidly and a burn ban can be enacted with little advanced notice. Please contact the park for current conditions prior to your arrival.

Recreational activity centers around 40 miles of designated, multiuse trails. The park offers a back country setting for activities such as primitive camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, equestrian camping, and nature viewing.

Phone Number: (830) 796-4413

Location: 10600 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, TX 78003

Entry Fee: Adult: $6 Daily; Child 12 Years and Under: Free

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Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area

The Devil's Sinkhole, is a National Natural Landmark that houses one of the state’s largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. This enormous vertical cavern is thought to be the largest single-chamber cavern in Texas. The opening is a shaft approximately 50 feet wide that drops 140 feet into the cavern. Here, the shaft balloons out to a diameter of over 320 feet and reaches a total depth of over 350 feet. From late spring through early fall the sinkhole provides an amazing venue to witness over 3 million bats stream out into the evening sky.

Evening bat tours, day tours to see the sinkhole, nature hikes, and even morning bat return flight tours bring visitors to the sinkhole and beyond to explore this unique piece of the Edwards Plateau. The 1,860-acre natural area is wild and mainly undeveloped. On your visit you can find remnants from the ranching past, trails for guided hikes, and two bird blinds for bird watching. At the sinkhole itself you can step out over the chasm onto the viewing platform and peer down into the depths below; the platform is wheelchair accessible. To protect this sensitive natural resource, visitors are not allowed to enter the sinkhole.

Phone Number: (830) 683-2287

Location: 101 N. Sweeten St., Rocksprings, TX 78880

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Kickapoo Caverns State Natural Area

The park offers picnic sites, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching, cave tours, and evening bat flight viewing during the season. Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.

Interesting features of the park include 20 known caves, two of which are large enough to be significant. Kickapoo Cavern is approximately 0.25 miles in length (1,400 feet) and boasts some impressive formations. Tours are offered on Saturdays by reservation. Stuart Bat Cave (formally Green Cave), slightly shorter than Kickapoo at 1,068 feet, is home to large numbers of Mexican free-tailed bats for part of each year. The bats migrate to the cave in mid-March, and usually stay through the end of October. Bat flights are often spectacular, and public observations are available with an entrance permit. To protect this valuable resource and for your safety, please read and follow all rules and regulations and use caution, as conditions change on a daily basis. Unauthorized entrance into caves is prohibited.

Birding opportunities abound in this area. Park facilities include 14 miles of mountain biking trails and 18 miles of undesignated hiking and birding trails. The park has campsites for tents and recreational vehicles (water, electricity, and sewer hookups). There is also a group campsite for up to 30 people.

Phone Number: (830) 563-2342

Location: Brackettville, TX 78832

Entrance Fees: Adult: $3 Daily; Child 12 Years and Under: Free

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Original Post written by: Cody Box for Bungalow40attheFrioRiver.com

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