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

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One sordid tale from Enchanted Rock tells of an Indian maiden who saw her tribe killed by an enemy. She threw herself off the top of Enchanted Rock, and her spirit haunts the rock still. Another romantic story tells of a young Spanish soldier who rescued his true love just as Comanches were about to burn her at the base of the rock. And yet another tale tells of when the Tonkawa Indians captured a Spanish conquistador, who escaped by hiding in the rocks. This gave rise to an Indian legend of a “pale man swallowed by a rock and reborn as one of their own.” The Indians believed he wove enchantments on the area.

Many still believe the area to be a very spiritual place, so it’s not so dubious to imagine that taking a rock from such a sacred area might put one “in between a rock and a hard place,” (so to speak) with the spirits that call the area home.

Aside of the “karmic retribution” aspect of this story, all Texas State Parks have a strict “Leave No Trace” rule within the parks, asking visitors to leave the area as they found it – removing litter and leaving rocks, sticks and wildlife alone. So, whatever best convinces you to “Leave No Trace,” bad juju or getting in trouble with the state park, it’s best to leave our state park’s rocks right where you found them.

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