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A Not-So-Enchanted Rock Returned to State Park in Fredericksburg

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area posted this note on their Facebook page this week. Apparently, a visitor had taken a rock from the park and had experienced nothing but bad luck ever since. This prompted the visitor to send the rock back in an effort to make amends with, not only the park, but also the universe, it seems. As it turns out, Enchanted Rock is seen as a spiritual place for many and so, this story might not be as far-fetched as it seems. There are numerous tales of spirits and legends that haunt the area.

Karmic Retribution

Enchanted Rock

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Humans have lived on and camped near Enchanted Rock for 12,000 years and the area has fascinated people for most of this time. The park, which is one of the most-visited parks in the state park system, features a huge pink dome, 1,825 feet above sea level, that looks so out of place in the Hill Country that it might cause you to think that you’re on a different planet.

Drawing People In For More Than 12,000 Years

Enchanted rock

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The rock has weaved its powers of enchantment over many people for thousands of years, drawing those inspired by religious awe, inspired by greed, or inspired to appreciate the rock simply for being a natural wonder. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Tonkawa Indians thought that “ghost fires” flickered on top of the dome. The odd creaking and groaning coming from the dome frightened them. Geologists, however, say that the dome creaks and groans as temperatures change. As for the ghost fires, the rock glitters on clear nights after rain. Scientists think the glittering is reflections from collected water or wet feldspar.

Hosting Many Sordid Tales of Tragedy

enchanted rock at sunset
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