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Introduce Yourself to Hiking and Camping at Enchanted Rock

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For your first “rough’n it” camping and backpacking trip, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is the perfect place to get some basic introductory experience. It will allow you to see if you would be interested going on a trip in the Rocky Mountains, Appalachia, Big Bend National Park, or any of the other wonderful trips a prospective backpacker would want to take. Enchanted Rock offers a variety of difficulty and trails that lead to stunning views all around the entire park, which makes Enchanted Rock a solid introduction to this outdoor activity.

Arrival

Almost to the entrance of Enchanted RockPhoto: Facebook/ James Martin

On your arrival to Enchanted Rock, the scenery is overwhelming. The skies are clear perfect blue into the horizon, and on the ground, a sea of green trees as far as you can see, only broken by the pink granite dome of Enchanted Rock and its sister rock formations that rise out of the earth and ornately decorate the surrounding area as the crown jewels of the pristine natural landscape. Even if you don’t get to camp, a daytrip would be more than worth it, just for the views alone.

Hiking

The beauty you can see on top of Enchanted RockPhoto: Flickr/ Randall Chancellor

Hiking at Enchanted Rock ranges from peaceful and smooth to challenging. The park has five major uplift formations: Little Rock, Enchanted Rock, Turkey Peak, Freshman Mountain, and the Buzzard’s Roost. Around these formations are trails that are rugged and fun to explore. The top of Little Rock is strewn with massive mazes of boulders and groves of trees that you can get lost in for hours.

One of the areas of boulders that create mazes all over Enchanted RockPhoto: Flickr/ Roy Luck

Enchanted Rock is the highest point of the park and it has several approaches to the top that range from moderate to very challenging. Turkey Peak offers challenging hiking for those that are willing to try a third upward hike. The last two, Freshman Mountain and the Buzzards Roost are farther away from the central area of the park and take time and patience to get to. If you want to challenge yourself, try to hike all five uplifts.

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