Enchanted Rock

Another stop on our Texas State Park tour - this time to Enchanted Rock.

Overview

If you draw a line north from San Antonio and another line west from Austin, then look a little northwest of where they intersect, you’ll find Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is a 425-ft. pink granite monolith rising out of the Texan hillcountry.

Officially a State Natural Area - we’re not sure if we needed our Texas State Park Permit to visit Enchanted Rock or not. The check-in station was closed due to a power outage, so we put our pass on our dash and called it good.

Enchanted Rock has:

  • 35 walk-in (apparently not RV-sized) and 20 back-pack campsites
  • Hiking trails
  • Rock Climbing
  • Geocaches
  • Stargazing

What We Liked

The drive to the rock was through country roads bordered by vast swaths of blue bonnets, red indian paintbrush, and other flowers. We haven’t seen as many wildflowers anywhere else in Texas.

We met our friends Adam and Jenn aka HuckleberryBound for the climb up the rock.

The walk up the rock is 1.3 miles. It starts with some rock hopping, then is pretty much walking up the steep slope of the rock.

We chose the warmest part of a warm day, but found a couple shady spots to rest in on the way up. It wasn’t something I’d run up and down 3 times just for the workout, but wasn’t too hard either.

A stream crossing on the way to the big climb.

A stream crossing on the way to the big climb.

You can get some sense of the slope here.

You can get some sense of the slope here.

The meta picture.

The meta picture.

Picture this in slow-motion video, superhero style...

Picture this in slow-motion video, superhero style...

View from the top.

View from the top.

Getting artsy.

Getting artsy.

The group shot at the top, minus the smallest member.

The group shot at the top, minus the smallest member.

What We Didn’t Like

The front office being closed meant we couldn’t purchase a souvenir to make a fridge magnet from.

Overall

This was a nice daytrip. We had considered camping here but even if there were RV sites I don’t think it would have held our interest for more than a day or so.

Enchanted Rock Links

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2 Comments Enchanted Rock

  1. Picture of Frederick PolgardyFrederick PolgardyApril 14, 2016

    We actually went there when we were in San Antonio last year. Bit windy at the top, eh?

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkApril 14, 2016

    It wasn’t too bad when we were there!

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