Enchanted Rock

 

Hiking Dogs Allowed  icon-camping Rock Climbing

Explore one of the world’s oldest rock formations – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Located near Fredericksburg in the Central Texas Hill Country, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is named after the estimated 1 billion year old batholith, igneous above ground rock from a volcano magma chamber that never erupted.  The Tonkawa Native American Tribe believed this 425 ft formation was inhabited by spirits, and although geologists attribute the nightly groaning and creaking to cooling rocks, many after hours hikers tend to believe in the supernatural instead.

Activities

Rock Climbing

With over 300 roped routes available, beginners and advanced climbers and boulders alike will enjoy all that Enchanted Rock has to offer. Keep in mind however, that this pink granite formation, is protected by the park service, and use of any equipment that will deface the rock (bolts, pitons, etc.), is strictly prohibited. Commercial climbs are permitted however, just call the number on the site and set it up.  All climbers must check in at the park headquarters where maps and more info is available.

Hiking

Enchanted Rock has 7 miles of hiking trails, the most popular being the Summit Trail which takes hikers all 425ft to the top. Another popular trail is the 4 mile Loop Trail which winds around the base of the rock.  Park recommends a quart of water per person as there is limited shade and no amenities to refill water bottles. Canines are welcome on leash, however, as long as Fido stays on the trail, many dog owners allow them to explore untied.

Biking

On paved roads only.

Accommodations

Pitch a tent in one of the primitive or walk-in campsites and enjoy the raw nature of the park.  RVs and cabins are not available so the hum of a generator, or television noise, won’t ruin the wildlife orchestra outside.  Middle of the week is the best time to visit this park.  Peak season is September- May so get here early if you want to partake in the many outdoor activities offered.  Park is open year round except during hunting season. Check the calendar of events before heading out.  46 walk-in sites and 20 primitive sites available.

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