Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg, Texas (Llano County)
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About the State Park
1,643-acre Enchanted Rock State Natural Area draws countless visitors to its distinctive 500-foot-high dome of pink granite, the second largest such formation in North America. Designated a National Natural Landmark, Enchanted Rock is an impressive geological feature with an estimated age of one billion years, making it among the oldest exposed rock in North America. Coupled with its impressive geologic history, Enchanted Rock also has an extensive archaeological history; the site figures prominently in several Indian legends.
Granite monoliths against blue sky Copyright © Justin W. Moore
Visitors to Enchanted Rock enjoy numerous activities, including hiking, backpacking, technical and rock climbing, primitive camping, picnicking, birding, geological study, stargazing and nature study. Facilities include a group picnic area and pavilion. Recreational vehicles (RVs) and pop-up trailers are not permitted to camp in the park. All campsites are primitive, accessible via either a short walk or a backpacking hike --
camping area map (PDF), courtesy of TPWD.
The park offers 7 miles of hiking trails, including the popular 6/10 mile Summit Trail which involves a 425-foot elevation gain hike to the top of Enchanted Rock. The 4-mile Loop Trail, a favorite among hikers and backpackers, winds around the base of Enchanted Rock. Bicycling is permitted on paved roads only. For experienced rock climbers, the park's 1,000 foot long Enchanted Rock Fissure -- one of the largest known granite caves -- promises a challenge on its steep and slippery surfaces. A list of over forty-five established rock climbing routes is available at the park headquarters. Rock climbing map (PDF), courtesy of TPWD.
Be sure to visit our Quicktime Multimedia Theater to experience 360-degree panoramas of Enchanted Rock!
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 1 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 1 star Solitude 1 star Trail System 2 star Water Recreation 0 star Wildlife 3 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookThe most popular hike in the park is the short but steep hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock. I've seen young children and senior citizens alike tackle the rock with no difficulty, but footwear with good traction is important. I also highly recommend hiking the Loop Trail. Justin and I have hiked the four-mile Loop Trail several times, and we never fail to encounter abundant wildlife, including: white-tail deer, buzzards (appropriately, the largest concentration is usually near "Buzzard's Roost"), rock squirrels, rabbits and a variety of lizards -- eastern collared lizard, spiny crevice lizard, tree lizard and the Texas spiny lizard. The primitive backcountry campsites are accessible from via Loop Trail.
Enchanted Rock is beautiful year-round, but the wildflowers of Spring make it particularly so. Plan to visit between late April and early June, preferably during a weekday, to see the park awash in color from blooming bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, yellow coreopsis, and basin bellflowers.
For more information, read our trip reports:
Enchanted Rock Misadventure Enchanted Rock - The Right Way
The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio
Check for restricted park access before any trip. When controlled public hunts are in progress, general access is not permitted.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at
|Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112