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Unread 01-30-2008, 06:04 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Default Enchanted Rock - Is It Worth The Trip?

Hi, everyone. Come gather around for a bit, because I have a question about a place in Central Texas that I've never been to, but have heard so much about and know about. The place is Enchanted Rock. Many of you may have been there at one time or another. I'm wanting to go one of these days, but I'd like to know if it would be worth going to? What was your experience at Enchanted Rock? Do you have any stories?

Enchanted Rock: is it worth it or should I forget it? We're going to find out right now with you folks in this thread, so let 'er rip!
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Unread 01-30-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I went to Enchanted Rock about 10 years ago. I had a good time. I don't think it would be a waste of your time. It's very peaceful out there.
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Unread 01-30-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Worth it! Pretty pretty spot. Go out there in the late spring and star gaze super peaceful, very relaxing.
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Unread 01-30-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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Do it. It is worth it!
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Unread 01-31-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Iowa Park, TX
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Absolutely! Stay in a B&B in Fredericksburg. Go to Enchanted Rock in the AM during the late spring/early summer, stroll the Fburg shops in the PM and eat at a great restaurant. Great way to spend a day/weekend.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Can you still camp there? When I was going to SMU one of the 'frat brothers' took us down in a cave inside 'the rock' and led us to the end where he pulled out a joint. After partaking he then told everyone he couldn't remember how to get out. We were freaked out of our minds!

Turns out he was only kidding.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes, they have camping out front of the rock with water and electric hookups, if I remember correctly, and they have pack-in camping out behind the rock. The cave is still there and is really a cool expedition for the non-claustrophobic.

It is much better to go there in the spring or fall (or even a nice winter day) than the height of summer, because it COOKS up there and there isn't any shade.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I heard it can be pretty dangerous. I have never been there, but many of my friends have. I would like to go, but I've never been hiking or anything ( not really an outdoorsy girl, I'm allergic to everything) but I would love to see it.

Is it it safe?
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Unread 01-31-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yeah, it is as safe as you want it to be...if you go out adventuring off the normal path, there are some steep and broken areas, but the main route is very safe for the average person.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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You asked for stories....

I lived in Kerrville for several years in the 90's and it was a 45-minute drive to Enchanted Rock so I went frequently. One night in K'ville we had a beautiful, huge, full moon so I decided that I would go again the next night to watch the moon rise from the top of the rock. Well, being a ding-a-ling, I didn't realize that the moon rises later each night. I climbed to the top (about a 15 minute hike) and watched a lovely sunset and began to wait for the moon to rise. Waited and waited til it was pitch black and...no moon. Because I'm a ding-a-ling, I didn't have a flashlight. I did have my really wonderful dog with me and together we inched down the rock in inky darkness. I fluctuated between panic, embarrasment and amusement but didn't want to spend the night up there. Needless to say we made it down.

Not sure how far you are from it, but it's a wonderful state park and well worth a trip. There are both campsites with amenities and primitive campsites you can hike back to (or at least there were). Do check crowds and availability--during spring and summer the park can get so packed that they stop letting people in.
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