For those who happen to be visiting Fredericksburg, Texas, or just might be in the area, it would be a wonderful idea to visit the Old Tunnel Bat Cave of Fredericksburg. And that’s just if the wonders and beauty of Nature really don’t mean that much to you. But if such things are dear to your heart, this place will be among your more memorable visits.
First of all, this location is quite unique. The Old Tunnel was once a railroad tunnel (dug by hand) and used as a route from the San Antonio area until replaced and no longer needed. So, this unique bat cave is also unique because it is open at both ends. This is of serious consideration to the bats because this cross breeze potential renders this particular cave unusable by mothers-to-be among the bat population, therefore the pregnant bats tend to gravitate to places such as the Eckert James River Bat Cave. But these natural peculiarities aren’t nearly as apparent as the general natural beauty of the landscape as seen from the bleachers put in place for those visiting to enjoy the view.
This location offers two distinct viewing areas and one of them is quite free. There is a lower viewing area where those paying five dollars can go see the bats right where they emerge from the cave and prepare for their night of feeding on mosquitoes and moths. There’s also a bat expert there to provide a small class (complete with visual aids) in order to help visitors gain a better understanding of the natural phenomena occurring here. These are so unique to one another because the lower viewing area is down within and below the woodline, making it up close and personal whereas the upper viewing area provides a view of several miles of open rolling Texas landscape, offering an unimpeded view of the clouds of bats making their way into the night. In fact, the view from the upper viewing area is awesome with no bats in the subject line.
To add a fun aside to this visit, just a stone’s throw away from where the upper seating area is located, there is a casual restaurant/diner named Alamo Springs Café. It looks somewhat like they took the aisles out of a convenience store and replaced them with old dining tables in order to create a more restaurant-ish feel of the space. But what makes the place something worth mentioning is they possess some of the finest burgers in the state of Texas. Now, for those who like burgers, it can get to the point where it’s difficult to find a burger one can still call extraordinary. Burgers are like pizza in that they’re so often really good no matter how they’re made as long as they’re made well, typically speaking. So, if you want to be able to say, “I have never had a real burger until right now,” then please make sure to visit Alamo Springs Café.
But don’t be too disappointed if it becomes difficult to get in there, as it can get very busy and it is never very big. If you get a half-dozen small families in there, you have quite the crowd.
Getting to this location is not difficult at all providing you have the proper directions obtained online or within town, but do be careful during your drive as these roads are narrow and wind quite a bit. Also, the world’s stupid deer like to gravitate to this region in order to jump out into traffic for no apparently good reason. But don’t let that get you down as this road offers some very nice and picturesque Texas Hill Country to see on your way to the Old Tunnel Bat Cave, and it takes but a few minutes once the car is off from highway 290.
Overall, a visit to this location pays great dividends because it requires little effort to see but offers several different memories one will cherish for a lifetime.