Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite hill that is in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. The Rock rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.
Folklore of the local Apache and Comanche tribes ascribed magical and spiritual powers to the rock, hence the name, Enchanted Rock. There are lots of “legends” surrounding the rock, from if you spend the night on the rock you will become invisible to it is haunted by an American Princess who threw herself off the rock after witnessing the slaughter of her people. Hmmm….
Really, Enchanted Rock is named after the unexplained creaking & groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock’s night-time contraction after being heated by the sun all day. There is a full campground on the property, so can you imagine that sound waking you up in the middle of the night??
We started our trek to the top and with only a few stops to catch our breaths take some pictures, we made it fairly quickly.
Texas Travel Facts for Enchanted Rock:
Located: 167 10 Ranch Rd 965 Fredricksburg, TX 78624
Hours: Open 7 days a week, year round
Admission: $6 per day, per person 13 and older; Children 12 and under free; additional camping & facility fees
Good to Know: The park reaches parking capacity and frequently closes on weekends. Get there early. The park reopens when parking becomes available. Great place to backpack, picnic, camp.