Enchanted Rock is granite bulge or dome arising from the topography 17 miles from Fredericksburg--it's a natural wonder around here! Over 1800 ft. in elevation and reached by walking the half mile Summit Trail, it entices many to its top.
To enjoy this unusual sight you will need to pay $6.00 per person, which gives you access to picnic tables, hiking trails and the use of a restroom facility. There are also campgrounds nearby. A map will be given as you pay admission, but it includes no history of the region or interesting facts about this rock formation. So in looking further, I learned a couple facts about this strange rock.
First, it is the largest such pink granite 'monadnock'* in the United States. It spans both Gillespie and Llano counties, is part of the Llano uplift and said to be over 6 million years old.
A second interesting fact is that the area's archaeological evidence shows it to have been inhabited for around 11,000 years. Apparently, people throughout the ages thought this particular site was something special.
Enchanted Rock State Park is overseen by the Texas state park system.
A monadnock 'is an isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain (wikipedia)
Enchanted Rock is a beautifully surreal moonscape of exposed rock...Texas' version of Australia's Ayer's Rock. Although not as large as Ayer's it’s a good place for a hike, rock climbing or repelling. There are scenic views of the surrounding area and many camping areas .
Just a few miles north of Fredericksburg, take a morning hike and then head back to town for a great German lunch.
The rock is the second largest granite formation in North America. It provides great family hiking and picnicking with glorious views