The View from Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country

February 18, 2013

I’ve been photographing the Austin Skyline and street scenes a lot lately, along with a few portrait sessions sprinkled in, so when I had the opportunity to use my Texas State Parks Pass, I jumped at the chance. With my folks watching our two girls, my wife and I made the hour-plus trek out to Fredericksburg for a late afternoon meal, then drove on to Enchanted Rock State Park for a little time outdoors.

Enchanted Rock reaches 1,825 feet above sea level, and the elevation gain from the bottom is only 425 feet, so this is by no means a strenuous hike. Actually, it is pretty easy walk up, but the view of the Texas Hill Country from the top is pretty nice. If you want to hike around the structure, there are trails and campgrounds and even a small lake on the opposite side from the visitor’s center. The rock itself juts out of the land much like Ayers Rock in Australia. Composed of pink granite, it is the largest monadnock in the United States and is part of the Llano Uplift. Local Indian tribes such as the Apache and Comanche attribute a spiritual richness and power with the rock, and signs of human activity around Enchanted Rock date back 10,000 years.

All that being said, it is a nice way to spend an evening. Head out to Fredericksburg for some good German food or a burger, then to Enchanted Rock for sunset. If you make the trip in the spring, you’ll find the trails lined with wildflowers like bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush.

Enchanted Rock State Park affords quite a view of the surrounding Llano Uplift

Spend a lazy afternoon taking in the view at Enchanted Rock State Park outside of Fredericksburg, Texas

For more views of the Texas Hill Country, please visit My Texas Hill Country Gallery

For Texas Wildflowers, check out My Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet blog

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