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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas Hill Country

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By SAGE - Premium Texas Real Estate
Jul 31, 2013 - 6:36:27 PM

Texas Hill Country real estate offers many interesting pristine sites.  One of them is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a 1,643-acre spread located on RR 965 15 miles north of Fredericksburg TX homes on Big Sandy Creek at the border between Gillespie and Llano counties.  

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Visitors to our Fredericksburg homes, quaint Bed & Breakfast establishments, historic Main Street, museums and wineries make it a point to visit the old weathered dome that rises 425 feet above ground and covers 640 acres.  Visitors participate in caving, hiking, backpack camping, technical and rock climbing, geological study, and stargazing at the park.  Summit Trail is the most popular hike, with tours scheduled on the third Saturday of each warmer month.  Residents of Fredericksburg homes also sneak away to Enchanted Rock.

Enchanted Rock is a huge pink granite pluton, visible for many miles from the surrounding basin of the Llano Uplift.  In 1970, Enchanted Rock became a National Natural Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Enchanted Rock is what they call a monadnock, part of a segmented ridge on the surface of a large igneous batholith from the Precambrian age.  A batholith is an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion.  Enchanted Rock is visible today because the surrounding sedimentary rock, mostly limestone, washed away.  Displays at the Park explain the science and environment.

One of the largest batholiths in the United States, Enchanted Rock has been the subject of many stories and tales.  Folklore of Tonkawa, Apache, and Comanche ascribe magical and spiritual powers to the rock.  Nonetheless, a plaque at the summit reads, "From its summit in 1841, Captain John C. Hays, while surrounded by Comanche Indians who cut him off from his ranging company repulsed the whole band and inflicted upon them such heavy losses that they fled.  Marked by the State of Texas 1936."

The Tonkawa Indians believed ghost fires flickered at the top.  Heating by day and contracting in the cool nights creates strange creaking and groaning sounds at the core of many legends.  When the Tonkawa captures a conquistador who disappeared at the rock, they believed that he wove enchantments on the area along with others.  "Spirit Song Rock," as native tribes referred to it, was as a holy portal to other worlds.

Other interesting features in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area include more than 500 plant species, vernal pools, wildlife such as bats, ringtails, armadillos, fox, and Texas Horned Lizards, and birds from wild turkey to Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  Major plant communities are open oak woodland, mesquite grassland, floodplain, and granite rock.  

For more information about relocating to the area, or finding a vacation home investment or a second home, click here to contact Dale Cook or call 830-997-1035.

   

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