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Texas Hill Country, Doggie Style… er, Dog-Friendly

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Although dripping with innuendo, the title of this article is completely and utterly G-rated. The Texas Hill Country is all about “man’s best friend” with some phenomenal places to go and things to do for you and your panting pal. That’s right, get your mind out of the gutter, grab your doo-doo bags, and get Fido’s favorite leash, because the Texas Hill Country has some great dog-friendly places to tour around, keeping you and your furry friends happy!

Hiking

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Enchanted Rock is one of the largest stone formation (pink granite to be exact) in the west – second only to Stone Mountain in Georgia. Considered a batholith (an underground rock formation that became uncovered by erosion), Enchanted Rock was named for the sounds that the Native Americans would hear from the rock while it was cooling at night. At its height, this giant is 425 ft., with 360 degree views to take in, and getting there is only half the fun!

Although your furry friend is now only allowed to hike around the camping areas, day-use areas and The Loop Trail (effective March 1, 2016) Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers dog-friendly picnicking spots for the two of you to enjoy, and when you have the time, consider ascending solo towards beginner-level hikes up the main formation, and more challenging climbs on some smaller ones. Your fur-baby’s feet were taken into consideration when the park chose to limit pet access (not to mention the crowds) when it comes to walking the rocks in warmer weather.

From April through October the granite heats up in correlation with the day’s temperatures. To avoid any unnecessary issues, you may want to arrive and wrap up early, or bring your buddy some booties that will protect them from burnt pads. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us or call (830) 685-3636.

Swimming

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