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Take the Enchanted Rock Challenge This Summer MAY 01 2015

Take the Enchanted Rock Challenge This Summer

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is one of the best places in the Texas Hill Country for hiking and rock climbing.

Enchanted Rock is a huge, pink granite dome that covers more than a square mile. It is the second largest granite outcropping in the United States, and is located 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965.

It is known as Enchanted Rock because the Native Americans in the area believed it was haunted due to the cooling-down noises the granite made at the end of the day. Plus the rock glistens in the moonlight.

This summer, take the Enchanted Rock challenge and do one or more of these activities:

• Hiking
• Technical rock climbing
• Primitive camping
Geocaching 
• Bird and wildlife watching
Stargazing 

The park is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It’s best to arrive early, though. One: to beat the summer heat. And two: to nab a parking space. Once the park reaches parking capacity, rangers temporarily close the park (sometimes as early as 11:00 a.m.) until sufficient parking is available again.

If you’re up to the challenge, come and enjoy the beauty of Enchanted Rock here in the Texas Hill Country.

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