Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
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.
Really amazing site, particular rocks and landscape. Allows camping and BBQ, if you are interested. Good for families, there is a 6.25 miles loop with panoramic views, but you can also - at your own risk - leave the path and go climbing finding your own way. Nice and relaxing view from the top. This place has something mystical. Check I advance if you plan to visit it as the entrance is allowed this they get the maximum number of visitors allowed, then they close, so better getting there early! Clean toilets, and his security all around the area.
New to Texas and wasn't sure what to expect! Brought my dog along on the "dog friendly" trails. Which she loved. But keep your pups on the leash there are tons of cacti big and small they could step on! We went on a day where it wasn't busy and I was able to explore trails without anyone else around. Perfect afternoon in nature! A must see if you're in the area - or far - I drove almost 2 hours to see this place and it was well worth it!!
My husband always make us go to places like this. I thought I was going to die when he told me that we were going to go here because the hike looks hard! However, when we got here it was not bad at all! Make sure you wear proper shoes and have on sunblock because it is very hot here since there is no tree around for shade! Bring some food with you but make sure to bring your trash back down with you to keep the place nice, clean and beautiful for the next generation! It is very peaceful at the top! Enjoy!!!
Super unusual geographic structure that offers great views of the surrounding countryside. As my friend put it who just came in from deployment, a lot of the park looks more like Arizona than south Texas. Saw some cool wildlife, but without doubt the highlight is the hike to the summit - brief but so unusual that its totally worth it! Plus the park is convenient to Fredericksburg's historic Main Street.
My family loves coming here! Beautiful place. We haven't used the campsites but we come for just a couple hours to hike the rock. Good for most ages. My husband and I go caving there sometimes but I wouldn't recommend it for for younger children. Shops at Fredericksburg are nearby so we always end our day there.