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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.


Haley Vera

Friday, July 13, 2018
Thus place is gorgeous!! The centrally located restrooms are well maintained. Everything is clean. I saw zero trash on the ground while there. The climb up the rock is challenging. However the view from the top is awe inspiring. I'd recommend for the outdoorsy. If you're apprehensive about the level of difficulty of the climb, try one of the easier rated hikes.

Kristen Hickey

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
An amazing landscape - absolutely hike here if you've got the chance. Beautiful place to watch the sunset, but you'll definitely want to get here early during the summer as it's spectacularly hot with little shade. If you time your trip right, you'll be able to see vernal pools at the top of the rock - small bodies of water that contain fairy shrimp, among other creatures! They come and go with the wet/dry seasons & are a really cool bit of nature that aren't always so easy to find!


Friday, July 20, 2018
Great place. I went more than ten times. Great staff. Go early and perhaps two hours early. It is quite and peaceful. not a lot of heat early in the morning. you might be lucky not to pay for the fee if you go early. The gate is always open.

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.

ian Mohammed

Monday, July 30, 2018
Places like this make me love Texas even more. Hiked to the top with an 8, 9 and 13 year old and they all had a blast. Few words of warning; get in line to enter EARLY! If you are leaving your house after they open or planning to get here exactly when they open expect to wait in in a line of cars that can be up to 3 hours long. In order to not make the place a zoo of people they only let in a certain amount of people at a time. Bring lots and lots of water. It gets hot and even if you don’t think you are thirsty you need to keep drinking to stay hydrated. Lastly; make all kids and adults... go to the bathroom before you start the climb. We reached the summit and about 10 min later my 8 year old informed me he had to go to the bathroom. Which is a waterless toilet all the way down the mountain.... loved it and will be back. God bless Texas!!

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