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The legendary Fredericksburg and Northern Railway finally closed its doors in 1942, abandoning this railroad tunnel. Today, Old Tunnel State Park is centered around this mysterious tunnel, offering hiking trails, picnic spots and a very unique sight each sunset. Home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats, the winged creatures come out in massive groups as the sun starts to set, an incredible sight that can be witnessed from a distance. Due to the bats and the unique ecology, people are advised to not go too near the tunnel. All that being said, witnessing millions of bats taking to the sky is well worth visiting this state park.
An old tunnel established in 1913 for the benefit of a railroad service was rendered obsolete when its owners sold off the project. It is here that a colony of about three million bats found home, where now, tourists flock to view scores of the winged mammals flying out at twilight. Interestingly, a species of hawk that feeds on these bats have also since populated and thrived in the surrounding areas. Now called Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area, the site is a much sought after tourist spot in Frederiksburg.
Set beside the meandering Pedernales River's western banks, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is one of Stonewall's most prominent heritage sites. Sandwiched between the countrysides of the counties of Blanco and Gillespie, this park houses the birthplace of the 36th President of the United States of America, Lyndon Baines Johnson. The park was established in 1969, with the property featuring his family home, the LBJ ranch, the Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr. farmhouse and his final resting place. One of the site's main attractions is the Air Force One hangar that houses the private jet in which he flew during his term as president.
Kuhlman Cellars located in Stonewall is a beautiful vineyard and winery, set on a hill over the breathtaking Texas countryside. Book an appointment in advance and spend the day with friends or a loved one, sipping on some of their expertly brewed wines. Each wine here is expertly paired by the sommelier, with delicious seasonal dishes prepared by the in-house executive chef. A great place to relax and unwind, a trip to Kuhlman Cellars is the perfect way to start a romantic weekend or a night-out with friends!20