Enchanted Rock State Park
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Get Enchanted in Fredericksburg, Texas
Enchanted Rock is truly a mystical place filled with Native American folklore.The Tonkawa, who inhabited the area in the 16th century, believed that ghost fires flickered at the top of the dome. In particular they heard unexplained creaking and groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock's night-time contraction after being heated by the sun during the day. The name "Enchanted Rock" derives from Spanish and Anglo-Texan interpretations of such legends and related folklore; the name "Crying Rock" has also been given to the formation. If you're a geology buff then the place will be hella cool because this "batholith" (the largest in the southern United States) was formed some six-million years ago! The hiking, camping, and cycling around this area is spectacular, but stray away from the hot Texas summer months. The fall and spring are the best time to visit if you find yourself in central Texas. And a trip to the nearby old, German town of Fredericksburg is not to be missed. Be sure to grab a pint at the Auslander which is my favorite restaurant in Fredericksburg! It's like you're actually in Deutschland!
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