Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Fredricksburg, Texas

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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 State Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Fredricksburg
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2014
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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


4/1/2009
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A beautiful natural wonder, with a nice trail system. It's a must if you visit the Texas Hill Country!



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