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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

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Geologic Formation
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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  • Map of the park bad. Nice and good trails not sound. I enjoyed the walks and features didn't appreciate the high entrance fee and the bad directions in the park  more »
  • My wife and I checked this out today - well worth the short drive. We hiked the Summit Trail and really enjoyed the spectacular scenery. We passed alot of overweight video game generation kids on the ...  more »
  • So much more than what I expected. We hiked to the top of the summit and explored some of the large rock formations on the opposite side from where you come up. After we did the trails around. We wish...  more »
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  • A beautiful gem in the middle of Hill Country. Get here early! Once the parking lot is full they shut the gates. Hike to the top takes about 30 minutes, not a difficult climb but the slope is continuous from bottom to top. Take the trail around the rock for a good hour long hole. Interesting natural rock formations abound. There are hidden caves if you know where to look but they are not lit nor are paths paved, enter at your own risk. I've been told the camping sites are booked months in advance.
  • Nature review: 5/5. Can't go wrong! Amazing views and scenery. Great for rock climbing and hiking. I recommend to anyone. Park management: 1/5 Heavily regulated. Staff is too serious about their job. Makes up random closure rules, dog rules, entrance rules and closure rules. The park has no consistency with their management style and tries to ticket people on anything they can make up.
  • The view from the rock is amazing and the wind keeps you cool even on a hot day. Also, I got many strange looks as I walked halfway up the rock with a fishing rod. I took a detour to the left down the echo Canton trail where I ended up at Moss Lake and caught 5 bass (mostly small albeit). We spent about 5 hours total at the park and thoroughly enjoyed it
  • Great place to get in touch with nature. Challenging but not so much that a novice can't do it. Great for a morning (recommended) adventure. Hot in the afternoon and evening. Plan on about 2-3 hours to get up and down. That's a leisurely pace with plenty of rest stops both ways, and time at the top for pictures. Recommended to have exact cash for park fees.
  • No dogs on certain trails (including the summit trail) and leash required (no, your dog is not special. Keep the leash on and pick up the poop.) but we had a great time with our border collie. Go after a rainy day if you plan on going to the summit because it cools off the rock a little bit. Add it to your bucket list!