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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

16710 Ranch Rd. 965

Park History

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area sits on Big Sandy Creek on the border of Gillespie and Llano counties. It is 18 miles north of Fredericksburg.

The Nature Conservancy of Texas purchased the property from Charles Moss in 1978. It later sold the 1,640.5-acre property to the state of Texas. The state bought an additional three acres to add to the park.

Enchanted Rock opened as a state natural area in October 1978.  It is a National Natural Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places as an Archeological District.

More than 400 archeological sites have been found in the park. All are protected, and 120 of them are designated State Archeological Landmarks.

More than 250,000 people trek to the park each year to experience the magic of Enchanted Rock. In fact, it is one of the most visited parks in the state park system.


Ashley K

Monday, May 21, 2018
We had a blast hiking to the summit. This "hill" is deceivingly steep when you are hiking up to the summit. Once you get to the top it is totally worth all of your hard work. The views are absolutely breath taking. Think it would be even better closer to sunrise or sunset. Next time we will pack a lunch so we can eat on the top and enjoy the views longer. There are so many other trails that anyone can enjoy a trip to the park. Make sure you get there earlier as the park does get busy and good parking becomes difficult to find.

Hamad. #1

Saturday, May 19, 2018
one of the best hiking places around San Antonio/Austin area. the views and nature there is something else. very very beautiful rocks. we saw bunch of people camping it looked so safe it you have the right equipment. a lots of Water is very necessary. our dog enjoyed the climbing we had no issues on that. highly recommended. thumps up. Side note :- we had no phone service when we were climbing keep that in mind so you don't get lost.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Climbing to the summit of Enchanted Rock is definitely doable using the Summit Trail. The trail markers are not always easily visible, but you know your destination is the top of the mountain, so you can't get lost. The incline is pretty steep and slippery in some places and common sense dictates that you watch your steps. But, it's definitely doable. Intrepid hikers will find the climb to be incredibly easy, however, for the rest of us, it's not too daunting. Just remember to wear appropriate shoes, take lots of water and be careful going up and coming down. If you need to rest along the way, gigantic boulders offer a perch and a view. And once you reach the summit, the 360° views are spectacular!

Eduardo Garces

Saturday, April 28, 2018
This park is worth a visit. There are several hikes to take. The climb on the rock is smooth, yet a little steep at times. There are so many wonderful views. You can easily spend all day here. Get there early, because if the park is at capacity, be prepared to go into town and wait. The town is nice so that's not a bad thing.

Ted Mac

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
I had a great time and challenge at Enchanted Rock. The climb does not require ropes or a belay partner, you can come in casual, trail, or workout gear your choice. I had on a T- shirt windbreaker pants and Brooks walking shoes and did just fine. It is a steep climb and decent I chose the most challenging also shortest trail named the Summit Trail. They offer a longer 5mile loop for the explorer that way you see everything. Enjoy!

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