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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

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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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  • We arrived super early on a Friady morning and there were no lines or waits. This place is stunning!!! I am not a native Texan so I was blown away by the natural beauty of the hill country and this st...  more »
  • We visited Enchanted Rock on a cloudy Monday morning, no wait, not crowded at all. We went strictly to hike Enchanted Rock, didn't have time to try the other many hiking trails. The trail was a little...  more »
  • Our entire trip to Hill Country was based on hitting this one attraction. We had time constraints so we knew we had to get to the Rock EARLY, which we did. We were waiting in traffic to get in at 9:15...  more »
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  • My favorite place in the whole state! The most rugged beautiful part of the hill country. Loop trail is an extensive hike but if you wanted to travel a short distance and turn around the left entrance (facing the rock) has beautiful rock formations and the right entrance has lots of birds and wildlife. If you arrive before they open they are okay with you hiking first and paying them for parking before you leave. We like to arrive right at sunrise to maximize our cool hours. Yummy snowcones and snacks at the base of the summit. I look forward to them every time we finish a long hike. Lots of predator poop (full of hair) on the trail, probably coyote. We've been camping overnight and could hear the coyote howling to one another. Pack your food outside your tent.
  • 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.
  • I love hiking. Had a good mix of challenging climbs and easy trails. Beautiful scenery and views. It was great!
  • 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.
  • Pretty cool thing to experience for kids. Quick hike....can get to summit within 30 minutes. Great views, and military gets in free