My family and I spent New Years together exploring Texas. We started in Dallas, went to Fort Worth, drove through Waco, stopped in Georgetown, visited Austin and ended up in the hill country. It was a week packed with adventure! One of my favorite stops was our spontaneous trip to Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg. The famous granite dome sits half-buried in the Texas Hill Country.
It's a half-mile hike to the top. We made the trek midday since it was a little chilly out, but I hear the best time is about a half hour before sunset. The view was beautiful, so I can only imagine how magical dusk must be. I had never seen such terrain. I could see plateaus in the distance, unique rock formations and rolling farmland for miles.
According to the Native American tribes who revered it, the myth is that the Enchanted Rock talks. They swore they could hear strange noises at night. Scientists content its fissures in the granite expanding at the end of a hot day.
Although I didn't hear anything, I suggest visiting Enchanted Rock for yourself! It was well worth the 25-minute scenic drive from downtown Fredericksburg (1.5 hours from Austin).
Disclaimer: come back down the summit trail (the way you go up). My Dad tried to take an alternate route, and we ended up rock climbing part of the hike back.
Pictures from our climb. Love the one of my cutie parents! And, missing my sister, Ali.
Always, Maddi B.