A few days ago, my girlfriend and I decided to go check out Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. It’s a state natural area made up of more than 1600 acres that’s located just north of Fredericksburg, Texas. The rock has been a National Natural Landmark since the 70′s.
What Is It?
Enchanted Rock is a HUGE boulder that sticks out of the ground more than 425 feet. The summit of the rock sits at 1,825 feet above sea level. It’s also one of the largest underground rock formations in the United States.
To get an idea of the size of this thing, check out the photo below. The small humps you see at the very top of the rock are actually people standing at the summit:
Things To Do
There’s actually a few cool things you can do at Enchanted Rock. Besides climbing up to the summit, you can also go primitive backpacking, rock climbing, picnicking, and bird watching. There’s also a cool cave that you can check out, as long as you bring a flashlight.
It took us a while to find the entrance to the cave, but once we did we figured we would go check it out. It starts out easy and you have a lot of room to move around. However, it then goes straight down into the ground and becomes pitch black and a very tight squeeze.
Here’s a picture of my girlfriend heading towards the cave entrance:
As you can see, there are a few arrows that lead you in the right direction. So if you plan on heading down into the cave, make sure to follow the arrows otherwise you will miss the entrance.
A Few More Pictures
Here’s a few more pictures I snapped along the way to give you an idea of what the hike to the top of the rock is like. Here’s a picture of the incline, which was pretty steep:
Luckily, the climb is worth it. Once you get to the top of the rock, you get this awesome view:
The view from the top was much better than expected. It actually feels like you are on top of a mountain instead of a huge boulder.
A Great Day Trip
I highly recommend taking a day trip to Enchanted Rock. It doesn’t take that long to get up the rock since it’s a straight shot. If you bring food, there are places to have a picnic which would be pretty cool. You can also check out Fredericksburg, a small town located nearby with a bunch of cool shops and bars. We ended up stopping there on the way back to Austin.
Just a heads up, they do charge 6 dollars per adult to get into the park. So make sure to bring some cash along if you decide to visit. For more information, check out the Enchanted Rock website.
You can also see more photos in the Enchanted Rock gallery.