People have always been fascinated by caves, perhaps it has something to do with the earliest days of humankind where we sought refuge from the elements and safety from predators in these cool below ground sanctuaries. Whatever the reason cave tours continue to be extremely popular – and if you are ever in Borne, Texas you can explore one of the most fascinating that the Lone Star State has to offer Cascade Caverns.
Just west of San Antonio this cavern is the ideal spot to escape the heat of the Texas sun. Boasting an average 60-65 F degree temperature it offers visitors a 45-minute exploration of the wonders that lie beneath our feet. In addition, longer tours of up to three hours are also available to the public. Adding to the unique cave experience is the 100-foot waterfall that cascades into the depths.
The cave system, which was opened to the public in 1932 has been home to people for hundreds, if not thousands of years, with the Lipan Apache making use of it during the 1700s. In the 1840s Kendall County youth were exploring the cave – as evidenced by the initials carved in one of the stalactites in the first cavern. Today the cave system is a treasure trove of unique underground species such as cave crickets, salamanders, and very rare cave beetles.
The area above the caves has its own attractions. There are several hiking trails in close proximity to the caves, including the Live Oak and Texas Cedar trails. Spending the weekend at cave campgrounds is a popular choice for those who want to enjoy an unspoiled nature experience. Those who take to the trails can expect to see wildlife such as armadillos, lizards, wild turkeys.
The campground has excellent facilities including picnic areas, showers, a recreation building, and BBQ grills. The clear Texas nights are ideal for those who want to do a spot of stargazing – and the ideal spot to do so (while socializing with other nature lovers) is around the welcoming firepit.
While visiting Cascade Caverns visitors should not miss the chance to browse the many moments on sale in the gift shop – and no visit would be complete without a photo opportunity with Rex, a prop dinosaur that was originally used in the Walt Disney Studios’ movie “Father Hood”, filmed in 1993.
A visit to Cascade Caverns is both fun and educational. If you are ever in the San Antonio area this is an attraction that should not be missed.
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