Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

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 visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Fredericksburg attractions using our Fredericksburg journey planner .
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  • Enchanted Rock State Park has a parking area that is first come, first serve so make sure you get there early (when it opens) to get a parking spot. Else, you can park along the road and walk to the e...  more »
  • Really cool area with nice views. Just be prepared to go early. The park closes when it hits capacity for three hours. When it reopens in three hours only those who picked up vouchers will be allowed ...  more »
  • By no means a challenging hike, but an interesting outcrop for Geologists and laypersons. Take heed to the warnings about it being difficult to scramble up when wet.  more »
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  • In 6/2017 we stayed here two nights. The campground is large, crowded, and each site is not very private. You have to park in a large parking lot and trek your gear in: the trek isn’t far though. E-rock is a very kid-friendly place. There is a large park with a play set. If you have younger children you might want a site around the park so you can sit and watch them from camp. Bathrooms were dirty. They needed to be cleaned more frequently to accommodate the crowd. Showers were pathetic and cold. AT&T cell service was good. Shade at the campsites was also pretty good. The hike up to the rock is very short but it is steep. From a distance the rock looks like it could be slick but it actually has a nice grip to it, still, wear appropriate footwear that fits properly else you will be jamming your toes in your shoes the whole way down. Oh, and if you are afraid of heights like I am this will be a fun adventure for you. The top of the rock was surprisingly cool because it caught a lot of wind. The echo canyon trail requires a little bit of scrambling around on the rocks but it was worth it. The loop trail is wide enough to drive a small car on. Most of the trails were over used. It was difficult at times to find the main trail due to all the unauthorized side short cuts. This would be a good place for novice campers, hikers, and backpackers, but for people who like solitude, you won’t find it here. But at least E-Rock is a dark skies area and the nightly star show will not disappoint.
  • Stunning. An entire mountain of pink granite. The summit hike is definitely worth while. There is a trail of sorts but you can also find your own way up and down as there appear to be few restrictions on where hiking is allowed. It's a short walk but it quite steep and offers no shade and there is no water available. Camping is fantastic. Try to get a spot on the same side as the rock for great views and try to get a site that offers shade. Drinking water, ice, and firewood are available from the park office.
  • Went up to the top and walked the outer loop. Great views from the top! The hike was fun and the paths were marked very well. Also appreciated the water coolers placed throughout the hike. The trails appeared to be for beginner and intermediate hikers and we saw people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Great views. A must see. Need good walking shoes. You will be climbing. You can not carry small children up so they need to be able to climb if you are doing the scenic trail. Also can be very steep.
  • Great for day visits. The park is relatively small compared to other state parks but there's definitely enough hiking to last you an entire day. Very clean and friendly but they will CLOSE the park if it becomes too crowded, so it is safe to say to arrive ealry, and they will not allow access to the main rock if it rains. Have visited 5 times and will visit again

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