Enchanted Rock State Park

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Enchanted Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, 425 feet high, the summit is 1825 feet above sea level, and it covers 640 acres. Enchanted Rock is one of the largest batholiths in the United States.

Enchanted Rock is located in a sparsely populated ranch land. Hilly with lots of live oak and mesquite trees.

Enchanted Rock Texas Recreational Area, located near the border of Llano and Gillespie counties, about 65 miles west of Austin, is a magical place well worth a visit. In spite of it's semi isolated location, at times the park must close it's gates for the day, so to be assured of entry come early in the day or on weekdays.

Wonderful camping area, with showers, but RV's are NOT allowed. Tent camping only.

Climbing Enchanted Rock is a pleasant walk, altho a bit steep at times, it is not bad, and it is only 425 feet tall. Alison and I are both 57 this year, and we had no problems, with good shoes. We climbed it in less than 30 minutes. The summit gives a commanding view of the surroundings, as you can see in the video.

There are several other trails which we look forward to, one 4 mile trail goes all the way around, and there is a cave which my daughter has been through. If your kids like to "go exploring", this is a fantastic place to take them.

WARNING: Sometimes the park must close when it gets full, summer weekends and holidays, or anytime the park is full, they close the gates. Arrive early if possible.

Activities: Visitors can enjoy primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, technical and rock climbing, picnicking, geological study, bird watching, and star gazing (minimal light pollution). Remember, at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, do not disturb plant or animal life, geological features, or Indian or historical artifacts. These park resources are protected by law! Bring your own firewood. Rock climbers must check in at headquarters; route maps and climbing rules available.

This video was taken with the Panasonic PV-GS320

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Directions to Enchanted Rock: Farm Road 965 starts in downtown Fredericksburg, just a bit west of Hwy 16. Head north on 965. This is my favorite way to go to Enchanted Rock, because you are above Enchanted Rock as it comes into sight, it is a good view.

The park entrance will be on your left.

If you come from Llano, take Hwy 16 south, then turn right on FM 965. The park entrance will be on your right in 8 miles.

Directions for the adventurous!

It is possible to come from the east, going through Willow City, stopping at Harry's for a pork sandwich, and maybe driving the scenic Willow City Loop. There is a shortcut from Willow City to Enchanted Rock, and it is a pleasant drive. Just go west from Willow City at the top of Bell Mountain and you might find it! If you make the right turns you will come out to 965, turn right to Enchanted Rock.

Map and satelite view of Enchanted Rock

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