Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

4.7
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Must see · Geologic Formation · Mysterious Site
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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  • This is a great place to visit. There are several trails to walk for all levels. The view from the summit is superb. The echo trail was my favorite after the sunny trail. It is perfect for children...  more »
  • Great hiking, scenery and views. Stayed for the sunset and full moon rise. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back.  more »
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  • Just a lovely park to visit. HOT during the summer and fall months. Be sure to bring plenty of water and proper sun coverage as shade is scarce here. Backpacking is excellent, stayed at one of the primitive spots and there was nice spacing from other campers and a toilet nearby (no running water though). Lots of trails to explore away from the crowds on the main summit trail. Beautiful desert flora and views.
  • A beautiful place to enjoy some day hiking and awesome views! Unfortunately half of the Loop Trail was closed for some reason but I still enjoyed all of the other trails. The bathrooms are clean. Entering the park is a breeze even during the pandemic and all of the employees are extremely nice. We didn't camp here overnight so I am not sure about that experience but visiting for just the day is great! Also, amazing for stargazing!!!

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