Kickapoo Cavern Primitive Cave Hike

Brackettville, Texas

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Kickapoo Cavern is a well-known cave, popular since the 1880s for its enormous passageway and massive cave columns. It also makes a terrific summer day hike, maintaining a cool 68-degree temperature even on the hottest afternoons. The cave has been preserved in its natural state and is negotiated on foot via flashlight over uneven limestone breakdown—large, vehicle-size slabs of rock that were once the cave’s ceiling. You slip down a hole about the size of a kitchen table, then hike across the breakdown to see the largest known speleothems (cave columns) in the state.

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"Kickapoo Cavern is a well-known cave, popular since the 1880s for its enormous passageway and massive cave columns. It also makes a terrific summer day hike, maintaining a cool 68-degree temperature even on the hottest afternoons.

The cave has been preserved in its natural state and is negotiated on foot via flashlight over uneven limestone breakdown—large, vehicle-size slabs of rock that were once the cave’s ceiling. You slip down a hole about the size of a kitchen table, then hike across the breakdown to see the largest known speleothems (cave columns) in the state."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brackettville
Distance: 0.25
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Local Maps: USGS Kickapoo Cavern

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Jun 2018