Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (Photo by Nushin Huq)
By Nushin Huq
Between 2 Pines Magazine
Enchanted Rock, located near Fredericksburg, Texas, is a popular destination. On weekends, cars will line up before park opening. There are 11 miles of hiking trails. It's also a popular park for rock climbers and star gazing.
WHAT TO SEE
Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, a massive pink granite dome has been drawing visitors to the area for years. At night, it's a great place to look up at the stars.
WHERE TO STAY
There are 55 campsites at Enchanted Rock and one group site. Thirty-five campsites have water.
WHERE TO EAT
There are picnic areas located near the campsite. The park is on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, where there are a lot of options to eat.
BEST HIKES FOR FAMILIES
There are about 11 miles of trails. The most popular trail is the summit trail. It's less than a mile, but as the name suggests, you are going up to the summit of Enchanted Rock. Children probably won't have difficulty running up the trail, but if you have knee issues, take your time. Consider a hiking stick and take breaks.
BEST TIPS FOR KIDS
Enchanted Rock has a junior ranger program that kids can participate in and earn a badge.
Consider taking a ranger-led hike up the summit trail. You'll learn a lot and once you get to the top of enchanted lake, look for rare vernal pool lakes at the top. Be careful not to disturb them but kids will enjoy looking at the fairy shrimp inside.
Enchanted Rock is a popular place for climbers and kids might enjoy watching climbing groups. There are a number of guides and outfitters that lead climbing tours. Their contact Information is on the page homepage.
At night, enjoy stargazing at the park. Though located near Fredericksburg, the park is still far enough away from big city lights and a good place to look up and enjoy the stars.