Kickapoo Cavern State Park

The park will be closed on the following dates in December for wildlife management activities...

Nature

The topography of the park tends to reflect that of the Texas Hill Country; however, there are no active springs or permanent surface waters on the property. Vegetation in the park consists of a mixture of live oak, juniper, Texas persimmon, mountain laurel and some mesquite, as well as large stands of pinyon pine.

There is a diverse array of wildlife in the park. Some of the mammals more commonly seen include white-tailed deer, raccoons, ringtails, gray foxes, rock squirrels, porcupines, rabbits and various rodents. Bird diversity is quite good. A large variety of migratory birds nest or fly through the area from spring to fall. The park has become popular for locating hard-to-find species such as gray vireo, varied bunting and Montezuma quail. Kickapoo Cavern State Park is home to one of the largest breeding populations of the endangered black-capped vireo on state-owned lands. Various uncommon species of reptiles and amphibians live in the park, including the barking frog, mottled rock rattlesnake and Texas alligator lizard.

Bat Facts

  • All bats are very important to the environment.
  • Nectar-drinking bats help to pollinate certain plants. The giant saguaro cactus and many other night-blooming desert plants would cease to exist without their help.
  • Fruit-eating bats help rainforests grow by spreading seeds through their droppings.
  • Insect-eating bats act as a natural pest control agent to the agricultural community and decrease the need for spraying harmful pesticides on crops.

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