Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Enormous pink rock dome that rises 325 feet above a small stream.
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HouTexGal
Houston, TX170 contributions
Sep 2021
Well worth a visit. Reservations are a must as are appropriate hiking or tennis shoes. Ground is very uneven and the hike up the dome is very steep at times. Thus, sandals, flip flops or water shoes are simply not going to hold up or prevent an accident. Getting to the summit provides incredible views and well worth the hike. Plan on 45 minutes up and 25 minutes coming down.

While there are a number of different trails, they all require some amount of physical dexterity, so anyone with physical or health conditions are advised to stay on the lower trails as medical resources are limited in the area. Best time to hike is early morning to limit possibility of heat exhaustion. Park opens at 6:30 am, but early morning reservations are gone really quickly.
Written September 18, 2021
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Florida to Canada
Edisto Island, SC29 contributions
Apr 2022
I had not hiked this mountain for 20 years and I was still pleased with the experience all these years later! We took the summit trail and it was worth the hike. The regular bathrooms were closed due to water issues, but they had port-o-lets. There was also a snow cone truck at the base of the mountain, a nice treat on a hot day.

I recommend downloading the Texas State Parks app and buying an annual pass. The app charges you by the car, but you are supposed to pay by the person. If you have an annual pass, it gets your car full in with no extra charge. When you register to go to the park, they ask for your license plate etc; however, I was told that was just a formality, as we were using a rental car and didn't know the info when we booked the visit. They do ask you for your confirmation number when you get to the park, so have that info ready!
Written May 6, 2022
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MissTXtraveler
19 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Such a neat place to visit. It is best to wear good tennis shoes or hiking shoes because you will be climbing a big granite mound. It was breezy the day we visited. Although the temps were in the 90s, it didn't feel that hot, but we were sure to bring/drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. We reserved our arrival slot 4days in advance, and most slots were already booked. We ended up reserving the latest time available, so we could try to watch the sunset from the summit. It started to get overcast, so we left before watching the sunset and stars.
Definitely will return.
Written June 26, 2020
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Fisher327
Laramie, WY237 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We visited enchanted rock on a whim … just to see what it was all about and were totally blown away by the size of the rock. Our. Hike around it was around 4 miles. On our hike we encountered falcons and hawks, mockingbirds, cardinals, lizards and snakes.

The hike just to the overlook is shorter and if you are prepared (water and hiking shoes or boots) is well worth your time. When we were hiking the temperature was around 90 degrees and there is precious little shade. The views out over the hill country from the overlook are totally awesome.

The hiking paths are wide and extremely well marked.

We saw a number of rattlesnakes (of course) and a few rat snakes. The path is clear and should provide an easy view of any snakes (on the path). If you venture off the path watch where you put your feet … especially if you are in the tall native grass.

If you are in the area and fond of outdoor activities we highly recommend Enchanted Rock.
Written May 4, 2022
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J E
Austin, TX2,731 contributions
Jan 2021
I haven't been out there for awhile. With Covid like the other state parks you must make a reservation prior to coming. It appears the morning sessions are more in demand. The sign stated it was sold out for the day. It was very busy in the morning. By 1pm it wasn't as crowded. Very small area to view via car compared to other state parks. We are on a mission to show my 85 year old father all the state parks. The interpretive trail was a bit more challenging than other parks. Way simple for most but it does have a bit up and down and narrow parts. This has been the only state park we have been to in the last six months that actually closed their bathrooms and put up port a potties. Additionally, they have a snack trailer something we haven't seen in other parks. This park has limited places for dogs to be on the trails. Dogs are allowed on the big loop trail but that is about it. They are not allowed on the interpretive trail. A lot of picnic tables on one side of the park. The other side of the park has camping areas. We enjoyed our time at the park but it had a few too many people for our COVID taste even during the week. Glad we got to show it to my dad.
Written January 14, 2021
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JLV74
McKinney, TX37 contributions
Nov 2020
We spent a few days in Fredericksburg and headed out to Enchanted Rock. It was a beautiful scenic drive and quick and easy to get there from the town. We did the Summit Trail hike to the top of the rock and it wasn’t too difficult. The view was amazing from the top so it is worth it if you can do it. If you are going on the weekend (including Mondays), you need to make a reservation in advance to get into the park. We highly recommend this scenic stop in Texas Hill Country.
Written November 20, 2020
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Debora Z
Daegu, South Korea371 contributions
Aug 2022
Your steep climb, helped by a bit of zigzagging, is rewarded by a beautiful 360 degree view. It is amazing to see the vernal pools with a reflection of the sky or hardy plants growing in the breeze. There is plenty of room up there to get away from the crowds. Be sure of the correct way down before you start your decent. We went down slightly off the track but managed to find the loop trail and wind back to the front.
Written August 24, 2022
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Paula G
43 contributions
Sep 2020
We came on a Tuesday around midday. You have to get a reservation and pay online. There are three entry times available throughout the day, but they give you about a two hour window to arrive. The park is easy to find, and some of the trails were closed due to recent rain. However, it did not diminish our experience. We took the Loop trail, which is not flat. There are some rocky spots, however we had no problems going uphill/downhill on this trail. We saw people of all ages on this trail. It’s a beautiful park.
Written September 26, 2020
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TABristolUK
Bristol, UK59 contributions
Dec 2019
If you can be in this part of hill country it is strongly recommended for the views atop are breathtaking. On practicalities do make a reservation online - we went on a Sunday and they turned folk away, it is seven dollars for adults and kiddos are free. Bathroom and visitor facilities are meagre but there are a few different trails to try not just the enchanted rock. As for the rock hike the usual advice of sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen apply. It took us about 20 minutes to reach the top but one of our party who suffers from vertigo stopped half way. The rock material is quite sticky so although it looks at times as if you might roll off the side, you're very unlikely to do so. Sitting on top whilst a very windy day was a fantastic experience. We didn't but I regret not doing some other trails to see the rock from different angles. If Texas State Parks are reading this one change I'd suggest for your reservation system is not insisting on entering a licence plate on booking since when hiring a car this isn't known so I was unable to reserve our spot until the night we arrived in Texas meaning slots for the next day had already gone for some times of day. Also your convention for phone numbers doesn't allow international numbers, only US / Canadian visitors. Just some things to be more helpful to overseas guests.
Written January 9, 2020
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Strider185
Colorado105 contributions
Feb 2020
A fitting name for an enchanted place. My wife and I are from Colorado so we do not consider this a strenuous hike. It's a nice moderate hike well worth ascending to the top for the view and the surroundings. We went on a week day so did not have the crowds as it is reported to be heavily visited on weekends. A very pleasant drive to get to this natural area.
Written March 8, 2020
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