Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Located just north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a great place to climb a giant rock on a sunny day. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, "The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States." Now that's worth $6 per person to check out, wouldn't you say?
We headed over there on a whim this weekend and I was surprised to find the climb manageable and not overly taxing. There were plenty of small children making the steep hike with their parents and only minimal whining that they weren't going to make it. I didn't feel like I could complain about being out of breath when there were 5-year-olds sprinting past me up the hill.
The neat thing about scaling Enchanted Rock is that you can pretty much pick your own path. There is not just one trail leading up or down, so visitors spread out and explore at their own pace. There are plenty of big rocks to check out (or to pretend you're checking out, when really you just want a little rest).
And opportunities to be silly, because really, who doesn't like to pretend they've fallen off the edge of a cliff (or is that just my husband)?
Just to prove we made it... check out the the Texas Hill Country view from the top!