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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

Categories: Nature & Parks, Mysterious Sites, Educational Sites, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Famous for its gigantic namesake rock formation, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area spans more than 647 hectares (1,600 acres) of desert. The pink granite dome rises nearly 130 m (425 ft) and covers 260 hectares (640 acres). According to archaeological evidence, human habitation in the area goes back more than 10,000 years. Explore the park's network of trails and admire the wealth of plant and animal species. An ascent of the dome will reward you with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Tribal legends and colonial history indicate the formation holds mystical powers--hence its name. If you're feeling adventurous, spend the day rock climbing, but check in at the headquarters first for route maps and climbing rules. Plan to see Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and other attractions that appeal to you using our Fredericksburg tour planner.
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  • Go in the morning or on week day to avoid crowds. The rock gets really hot when the sun comes out. Fairly easy climb with tennis shoes that have some tread on them. 
  • Beautiful area! You can climb, picnic, cookout, camp. Really enjoyed the time we were there. Adults and children were climbing. An adult can probavly climb in about 45 minutes. 
  • A must to go visit if you have time while in Fredericksburg. We went on a Monday morning around 10:00 a.m. so the park was not full to capacity and we went right on in. We are in our 60's and it was n...  read more »
  • Gorgeous and unique site, as well as a very enjoyable hike. Similar to Atlanta's Stone Mountain, Enchanted Rock is a large stone dome. Dotted with trees, cacti, tall grass, and other verdant touches, the rock offers great views of the surrounding country. You can also spot some rock squirrels and dragonflies, and even check out some small caves near the top. The walk up and down the summit takes roughly an hour and a half. There are several other trails offering less of an incline challenge. Go early and/or in the hotter months to avoid crowds.
  • Located between Llano and Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is an absolute must for anyone traveling the Texas Hill Country. You'll see it from a few miles away, but nothing compares to when one finally arrives and sets foot at the base of the rock. Though not an absolute behemoth, the climb can be a little strenuous for some; so come prepared. At the base you will find your basics and any assistance can be found at the entrance of the park. There are essentially three big rocks that have the potential to be climbed, though the main attraction is essentially for all. Once you arrive at the peak, you'll be able to see for miles in all directions - and it is, in sum, beautiful. There are no interruptions and you'll find some nice crevices throughout that can fit only a certain sized person. The park in total is fun to walk around, though do be aware and respectful of any life that inhabits it. In all, this place is a must.
  • took the family to see the rock in december last year while visiting Fredricksburg, fairly short drive to the park, paid entry fee and we took in the view of the area, very nice trails and park was clean, nice restrooms and map of the area clearly marked. we climbed the main rock which was pretty steep in spots but were able to do it even with normal tennis shoes on, once at the top the view is breathtaking, we spent a total of about 3 hours there before heading back and found it to be a very worthwhile trip out there, beautiful area.
  • We love hiking & this is one of my favorite in Texas so far. The "Rock" is very impressive. Would have loved to stay & watch the stars come out & for that matter to see a meteor shower here. My understanding is that it is within a National Dark Skies area so next trip I plan to stay late & do that.
  • Great place to hike whether you want to go to the summit (top of the mountain) trail or take the long way around it (about 6 miles) it is a place for a delightful day with family or friends. Long trail has restrooms spaced about 2 miles apart making it more comfortable. Be sure to bring your water! Very little shade. Best time to do it is April and October when the temperatures are a little more comfortable. Depending on the rain recently you may have a couple water crossings (easy ones).
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