Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
A Magical RockA pink dome of granite, Enchanted Rock begs to be climbed. Hikers, backpackers, birders, families and their dogs, stargazers, slackers, and scouts—every Texan, in fact, hankers to clamber up the Rock. Most popular is the mile-long Summit Trail, which takes the intrepid uphill for 450 feet; a short hike, much of it freeform over the base of the rock, it nevertheless taxes the lungs. Hikers can catch their breath up top to sigh over jaw-dropping Hill Country views. For a longer ramble, take the 4-mile Loop Trail, which encircles the rock. Come early to beat the crowds and the heat, but leave time for contemplation: considered sacred by the Comanche Indians, the rock has a meditative effect.