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Don't let first impressions fool you—E-rock doesn't look like much when you first see it from a distance—this hunk of granite does indeed live up to the park service's claim of being "Magical, Mystical, Enchanted." Complete with some very decent hiking trails, good rock climbing, and even a cave to explore, this camping destination provides plenty to do.
If interested in the hike, I recommend a bottle of water per person and some good hiking shoes. I've seen more than one bloke attempt the steep incline in cowboy boots only to discover what it feels like to have mother nature knock you down a peg or two. The best time to hike is in the evening; sunset is truly breathtaking from the top. Take some wine and a blanket and you'll quickly discover why this rock earned its enchanted title.
The only caution is to beware of crowds on weekends. Visitors are a friendly bunch, but the aforementioned booted blokes can sometimes distract from the serene beauty of the environment. Additionally on crowded holiday weekends, the park can reach capacity by mid day and you might be turned away. However if you're already camping in the park, then you won't have to worry about this.
Every Texan and Texas visitor should make Enchanted Rock a priority. You won't be able to visit just once.
Enchanted Rock SP recently received recognition from the International Dark Sky Association as an official Dark Sky Park, one of the few in Texas to have this honor. What that means for you is some of the best star gazing the state has to offer can be done just an hour and a half from Austin or San Antonio! If you can't get out to Big Bend or the Davis Mountains, E-Rock is the next best thing. Bring a red headlamp to hike to the top of the summit for a great 360 view of the milky way.
Camped and visited Enchanted Rock for the first time last weekend for the Geminids Meteor Shower. It's a fantastic place for stargazing that's not too far from Austin.
The campsites are walk-ins, so you cannot drive right up to your campsite to unload. We wanted to be closer to the rocks and trails, so we opted to have a few-minute walk from the parking area to our campsite. We were in campsite #35, which was next to some large rocks that helped shield us from the wind and felt more secluded. There are also campsites near the restrooms/showers and parking area that would only be a few steps from your car.
There is ice and firewood for sale in the park store (cash only). Bring flashlights/headlamps for walking around at night.
Going up the side of the rock will always get your hear pumping. But if you bring your head lamp and ask around, you can enter the cave and go through the center of the rock straight to the top.
I would not go here for a weekend trip, but one over night or just a day trip is worth it! Its a super cool spot when no one is there. It literally felt like we were at Mars or something. BIG PLUS: they have heaters in the restrooms during the winter!!