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Bats emerging at Old Tunnel State Park.Twenty minutes from downtown Fredericksburg—on a long, winding stretch of Old San Antonio Road that snakes past historic country schools, a vineyard with safari tours, and at least one ghost town—lies Old Tunnel State Park. At just sixteen acres, it’s the smallest state park in Texas. (The largest, Big Bend Ranch, in far West Texas, sprawls for more than 311,000 rugged acres.) But what Old Tunnel lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. After spending a pleasant summer evening there recently, I remembered an old theater adage: “There are no small parts (parks), only small actors.” This modest space teems with life, especially in the historic tunnel, where approximately two hundred Mexican free-tailed bats crowd into every square foot. During the peak months…

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