Enchanted Rock

Visitors have been coming to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for centuries and it remains one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg. It offers park camping, picnicking, 8.4 miles of hiking trails, a nature trail, interpretive exhibits, rock climbing, cave exploration, watchable wildlife and a park store. For a map of Enchanted Rock, click here.

Please Note: Reservations for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area typically book quickly, especially on weekends, holidays and in the spring season. It is strongly encouraged to reserve a day pass prior to traveling to the park. Browse the Texas Parks & Wildlife Reservation System for the next available time. Here are alternative outdoor activities, if Enchanted Rock is sold out. 

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will be closed during these times...
• Monday, January 30, 2023 at 3PM until Friday, February 3 at 2PM

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Located in Gillespie & Llano Counties, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965 or south from Llano on S. State Hwy 16 for 14 miles, then west on R.R. 965 for...

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Helpful Tips:

  • A reservation is highly encouraged prior to traveling to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
  • Visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Reservation System to make a reservation for park entry.
  • Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance of arrival.
  • Spring is a busy time for the park and reservations typically sell out, especially on weekends.  
  • All park trails close at sunset, except the Loop Trail.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Summit Trail.
  • The park will close when capacity is reached.
  • Rain causes the closure of many of the park's trails.
  • In the fall and winter, the park closes during certain midweek time periods. 
     

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are reservations required at Enchanted Rock?

No, but advanced reservations are highly encouraged. Reservations are required for day passes and overnight stays are required on weekends, school breaks and holidays. While not required on regular weekdays, Enchanted Rock usually reaches capacity every day. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.

To make an online reservation, click here.

Is there overnight camping at Enchanted Rock?

Yes. There are a total of 55 campsites at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, including 35 campsites with water and 20 primitive campsites. 

To reserve a camp site, click here.

What is special about Enchanted Rock?

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has drawn visitors for centuries, because of its uniqueness in the Texas Hill Country landscape. The 425-foot pink granite batholith rises out of the greenness and gently rolling hills that surround it. Today, it is one of Texas’ most visited sites in the state parks system and allows visitors to connect with nature, while providing 360-degree views of the surrounding Hill Country.

How long of a hike is Enchanted Rock?

With 11 miles of hiking trails, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area features opportunities to explore from 30 minutes up to multiple days. The most-popular hike, the Summit Trail, is just over a 1.5 round trip, but features an elevation change of 425-feet, providing scenic views of the Texas Hill Country.  

Where are places to stay around Enchanted Rock?

Fredericksburg, the unique lodging capital of Texas, is just over 20 minutes from Enchanted Rock and features over 20 hotels, nearly 1,500 vacation homes, B&Bs and guesthouses and nearly 10 RV parks.

Browse all of the places to stay in the area here.

Is Enchanted Rock pet-friendly?

Yes, but to protect the ecosystem of Enchanted Rock, pets are only allowed in the designated picnic areas, the campgrounds, and on the Loop Trail. Pets are not permitted on the Summit Trail leading to Enchanted Rock’s highest dome, or any of the seven peaks of the granite uplift.

Browse other pet-friendly locations in Fredericksburg.

Is climbing Enchanted Rock hard?

Enchanted Rock offers a variety of trails from beginner to advanced. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, while hiking attire is recommended. Visitors should bring plenty of water to stay hydrated while hiking especially in the summer months. 

How much does it cost to get into Enchanted Rock?

Admission to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is $8 for adults, while children 12 years and under are free. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance and are recommended as the park does not allow entry once capacity is reached.