Kenneth E. Harker
2000 Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located in the Texas Hill Country, northwest of Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock is a batholith, a single large rock exposed by erosion. It is quite unusual for its enormous size. The Tonkawa believed that the rock was enchanted, and that if you listen carefully at dusk in the summer, you can hear teh rock groan. These photos were taken in the spring of 2000.

These photos are copyright © 2000-2003 Kenneth E. Harker. All rights reserved.

The rock covers 640 acres, and rises 425 feet above the surrounding terrain.
Portions of the rock are covered in red lichen.
The terrain in the park is typical of the Texas Hill Country, except without wuite as many cedar trees.
Despite appearances, Enchanted Rock is not a collection of boulders, but a single rock that has been exposed over time by the forces of erosion. Some parts of the rock stick out and alomst look as if they are separate, but when you get close to them, you can see that it is all one rock.
The view from the top of the rock is amazing. You can see for miles in every direction. Mostly it is bare rock, but here and there enough soil has collected to support grasses or small bushes or even trees.
The view from the top.

Last Updated 1 August 2018