One summer, At Home Dad, Miss J, and I headed to Fredericksburg while the other two attended church camp. We stumbled upon this gigantic pink rock that tons of folks know about but we didn’t. It is called Enchanted Rock and is a favorite hiking destination for many people.
Enchanted Rock is a huge granite dome that rises above the surrounding areas, providing a fantastic lookout point. The dome rises well over 400 feet above the base. The peak is at 1,825 feet above sea level. It covers about 640 acres. The hike is the equivalent of hiking about 30-40 stories of stairs, depending on how directly you attack the summit.
The history surrounding this huge pink rock goes back quite a while. Ancient people have left their mark here. With over 400 archeological sites within the park, there is much evidence of the history of this place. Native groups have used this area. Explorers coming into the area spent time here. Settlers used it as a safe place.
There are also many legends surrounding the rock, including maidens who threw themselves off the rock and people holing up to fight off attackers. As with many historical sites, there is a lot of interesting background and story surrounding this site.
Because it was June and summer, the hike was HOT. I mean, it was hot to begin with but we were hiking up a bare rock face. Hot and hard for a young hiker but it was so very worth it when we got to the top. This is a definite bucket list activity that was worth the time and the hike.
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