Enchanted Rock

Austin, Texas 78717

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock Professional Review and Guide

"About 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. An easy day hike onto and around a large granite dome. Special Attractions: Pink granite dome, rock climbing. Permit required for camping."

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"Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is one of the true gems of the Texas state park system, with an interesting diversity of birds and 5 miles of hiking trails, all within 1,643 acres. Weekends and holidays can be extremely busy. The rock rises more than 400 feet above the surrounding landscape and consists of pink granite about 1 billion years old, some of the oldest exposed rock in North America. Enchanted Rock is a dome-shaped mass formed by intrusive magma with the top materials eroded away. Only the top of the greater Enchanted Rock batholith, which covers an area of over 90 square miles, is present within the park. Enchanted Rock is a designated National Natural Landmark.

Key birds: Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Blackchinned Hummingbird, Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Bell’s and Yellow-throated Vireos, Blue Grosbeak, Painted Bunting, and Orchard Oriole occur in summer. Vesper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter."

"Enchanted Rock is one of the nation’s largest batholiths—an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion—a 640-acre dome of pink granite rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Tonkawa Indian legend and mystery surround the formation, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and opened as a state park in 1984. From the Loop Trail, hikers can view all sides of Enchanted Rock and its environs."

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9/20/2014
I have been there twice. E-Rock is more of a hiking and looking at the view kind of place when on top of the rock
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6/12/2009
Absolutely beautiful place! The trail was well marked, and very beautiful. Abundant wildlife, saw two deer (I think they were mule deer), and several lizards. Very nice primitive campsites with a composting toilet. If you go in the summer make sure to bring at least 3 quarts of water per person per day. We were lucky and able to obtain more water from Moss Lake. The park is very beautiful, and has a very unique landscape. Lovely place to backpack, especially for beginners. But check the weather before you go. Temperatures can become extreme in the summer. We ran into an unexpected hailstorm. So be prepared!
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5/9/2009
Epic outdoors adventure.. the natural camping areas were new to me so i learned carrying a cooler and 2 rolling bags wasnt such a good idea. Set up in buzzards roost camping area and had a campsite that looked like something out of a movie, woke up and climbed the batholith enchanted rock then went through the cave on the backside. The cave is underground with no light for 45 minutes or so and is a constant climb over rocks and scaling certain areas due to it being slippery. Definately recommended for the not-so faint of heart.
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4/1/2009
A beautiful natural wonder, with a nice trail system. It's a must if you visit the Texas Hill Country!
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2/27/2009
SUMMARY: Arrived Friday, 2/27/2009, hiked to Buzzard's Roost primitive campsite with two other hikers. Checked out Enchanted Rock, Buzzard's Roost, Turkey Peak, Little Rock, Freshman Mountain, and several isolated local rocks for high-angle rescue training sites. Departed 03/01/2009. CURRENT CONDITIONS: Enchanted Rock is presently in the midst of a major drought, and is dry as tinder throughout. Recent fires have scorched the northwest sector, but thus far has spared the rest--that could change badly without some rain soon. No open fires or smoking permitted; a full burn ban in effect meant no cooking at the primitive campsite. We used charcoal in an elevated grill at the day use area on 2/28 for breakfast and dinner, but after seeing the devastation of the northwest sector later that day, decided to avoid cooking fires of any kind for the rest of our stay. We had plenty of ULTRAGORP, and that was enough for me. Both Sandy Creek (SE sector) and Walnut Spring Creek (NW sector) are completely dry on the surface. We dug down but didn't find liquid water until down about 18 inches under Sandy Creek's creek bed. Moss Lake, while not dry, is brackish. Although we could have filtered water taken from the hole we dug in Sandy Creek, we filled in the hole, put our water filters away, and packed drinking water in. I'll return twice a month in 2009, and will post updates as conditions change. GENERAL: Enchanted Rock is a highly diverse area, with plenty of (1) hiking trails that traverse low forests, grasslands, meadows, creek beds, etc.; and (2) technical climbing routes that range from elementary skill levels to vertical walls and near-vertical walls with drops up to 250 ft. In short, this park provides numerous sites for training of high-angle rescue personnel and technical climbers of every stripe.
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7/26/2008
A nice place in the cooler months. I have when there many times of the year but winter is best for me less people and better weather.
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4/7/2008
Beautiful trail. Excellent for beginners to moderately experienced hikers. Great for those who want to break in new equipment/gear before going to very difficult trails.
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12/27/2007
Beautiful views of Texas Hill Country. Easy trail. Water crossings could be a little tricky during rainy season. Takes about 2 hours with frequent picture stops.
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11/30/2006
I used to visit Enchanted Rock all the time as a kid although I haven't been able to get up there in a few years. One time I was hiking behind Enchanted Rock and came upon a herd of about ten deer, including one large buck. I loved climbing among the rocks. Lots of fun!!
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10/17/2006
Took Loop Trail clockwise and then Summit Trail. Took 2 hr 20 min to return to car. Loop Trail offers good view of both Little Rock and Enchanted Rock from their west side. Its final part along the small creek is delightful. View from Enchanted Rock is excellent from horizon to horizon. Very easy hike with good trail.
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Trail Information

Austin
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
465 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Fall through Spring.
Season
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 915-247-3903
Local Contacts
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Trail Map, Enchanted Rock and Crabapple USGS
Local Maps

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