Kickapoo Cavern State Park (Edwards County) – 03/04/2018

To collect Edwards County we did a walk in Kickapoo Cavern State Park north of Brackettville.  We walked the Stuart Cave Cutoff trail.  It was an out and back and it was misting rain.

Ed and the park entrance sign.

Trail Marker for our walk.

Water tower at the top of the first small hill.

The first of many long climbs.

Ed waited for me to get ahead so I could take this picture of him climbing the hill.

What goes up must come down.  This is the other side of the hill.

This trail we were following is a jeep trail. Easy walking.

Ed and our first creek crossing.

Just another view of the trail after we cross the stream bed.

Our trail connected to the “Long Way Home Trail”.

Another creek picture.

Ed ventured into the creek for me to take this picture.

The creek is to the left, our trail is to the right.

Another creek crossing.

The black lava rock makes it look like water in the creek.

A level section with grass.

Another creek crossing.

More of the black lava rock.

Cedar and rocks made up this walk.

This is the creek bed, not our trail.

Another grassy section.

We had completed 1/2 the journey. Now we get to turn around and get back to our car.

Re-crossing the same creek.

I think it was prettier going the other way.

Creek bed 

Just a little hill.

More lava rock.

View of the hills around us.

Lava rock creek bed.

Creek bed to the left, trail to the right

We’re back to the Stuart Cave Cutoff Trail.

Lots of lava rock.

Trail

Lava rock along the trail.

Clay waiting to stamp our books.

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4 Responses to Kickapoo Cavern State Park (Edwards County) – 03/04/2018

  1. Gypsy Bev says:

    Looks like you had a long, hilly walk. Great exercise!

  2. Absolutely reminds me of my hikes in west Texas. 🙂 Love the Long Way Home trail! –Curt

  3. Marie Rogers says:

    Beautiful country. I bet it’s spectacular in summer. But what about the cave?

  4. walktx says:

    Per the Park Website: 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.

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