Enchanted Rock Bird Walk – October 8

See the first wave of fall migrants, and some lingering breeding birds, verify resident birds and be on the lookout for surprises as well.

Meet at the Loop Trail trailhead at 7:30 am and be prepared to walk about 4 miles, finishing around 1pm. Bring binoculars, water and snacks.

Free, but donations encouraged. Space is limited to 16. Email m.mial@wildblue.net to reserve.

Community Clean Up and Education Event at Enchanted Rock

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has selected Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as one of its eight endangered “Hot Spots” in the nation and is hosting events to help raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage. Everyone is encouraged to come out for this weekend-long event and join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team to learn about Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve Enchanted Rock for years to come.

Friday, September 12, 7:45 pm: Night Hike to star gaze and learn some Leave No Trace principles along the way. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Saturday, September 13, 9 am to 2 pm: Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. They will have free educational hangtags and fun educational activities for all ages to learn how to minimize your impact when in the outdoors.

Saturday, September 13, 9:45 am: Summit Trail Hike. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Saturday, September 13, 7:45 am: Night Hike. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.

Sunday, September 14, 9 am to 1 pm: Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

Sunday, September 14, 11 am: Cave Clean Up. Join the staff and pros to help clean up the Enchanted Rock cave and surrounding areas. Bring a flashlight.

Call 830-685-3636 for more information.

“Rock Stars” Stargazing at Enchanted Rock

Come take advantage of the amazing night sky at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  They will have telescopes and lunar binoculars available for viewing the stars and planets.  Meet at the trailer parking area to the west of headquarters at 8 pm.  Enjoy star gazing at The Rock on October 25, 26 and 31.

Christmas in the Park at Enchanted Rock – December 13

Enjoy a Hill Country Christmas at legendary Enchanted Rock, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965, where a variety of holiday-themed events will be happening throughout the day. Start the day with an Enchanted Hike at 9:30 am where you will join Santa for a hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock. At 4:30 pm, join Santa and his elves for an old-fashioned hay ride through the park. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Friends of Enchanted Rock. At 7 pm, there will be a special Night Time Hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock with Santa Claus to ring in the Christmas season. Hot chocolate will be served.

All day starting at 9:30 am. Call (830) 685-3636 for more information.

Enchanted Rock Trail Building Project Day – December 17

Join The Friends of Enchanted Rock for one of their Trail Building Projects at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The projects focus on the severely eroded and impacted trails at the park.  Come out and help  rebuild and restore these areas. The work is strenuous and rewarding. Volunteers may be expected to:

  • Load and haul rock, gravel and sand.
  • Work with hand tools (shovels, hoes, etc).
  • Construct steps, retaining walls, water breaks and check dams.

Simply show up at the gazebo at the start of the Summit Trail at 9:00 am on the designated work day. A crew chief will be present to log you in at that time. The volunteers generally work from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.  However, you can volunteer as little as 4 hours of your time to receive free camping. If you would like to participate with less volunteer time than 4 hours, please feel free to do so, but do not expect to camp for free at the park.

Entrance to the park and camping are provided free of charge to all volunteers. Please identify yourself at the park headquarters as a “Trail Project Volunteer” and you will receive directions from the park staff about camping facilities. Volunteers can expect to get in the park with no entry fee on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights only.

The trail building work days are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. No advance registration is required. The work crew tour groups all meet at 9am at the gazebo.

To have a better volunteer experience and protect yourself from the elements, each individual should bring the following items:

  • sturdy footwear (like hiking boots)
  • work gloves for your hands
  • sack lunch and water
  • hat and sunscreen

The Friends of Enchanted Rock will provide all necessary hand tools and equipment to perform the volunteer work, plus a portable radio and first aid kit for emergencies.

Call 830-685-3636 for more information.

First Day Hikes, Runs and Yoga at Enchanted Rock – January 1

Choose from the Loop Trail (4.5 miles), the Summit Trail (1.2 miles), Frontside Trail to Frog Pond (1.2 miles) or “The Other side of the Rock” Hike (approx. 2.5 miles). These hikes will be going on every hour throughout the day starting at 9 am. Yoga will begin at 7 am. A separate “Run With the Ranger” on the Loop Trail will start at 9 am. All hikes will begin at the Gazebo. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the activity you choose whether it’s yoga, running or hiking. Park entry is $7 per person; age 12 and under are free. There is no cost to participate in any of these programs.

Reserve a spot for yoga by emailing patty@lizarddreamingyoga.com Participate in “Run With the Ranger” by emailing Scott.Whitener@tpwd.texas.gov
Address: 18 miles north on RR 965
Phone: (830) 685-3636

Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival at Enchanted Rock – February 21

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 18 miles north on RR 965, has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park. Efforts by staff and volunteers have helped earn this special status by changing out lighting for more efficient options, shielding lights and putting on programs that showcase the importance of night sky protection and preservation of our astronomical view shed.

This will be a full day event that begins as the darkness turns to morning light with a sunrise program and ending with a Star Party chock full of telescopes and a constellation tour by McDonald Observatory’s own Bill Wren. Throughout the day, there will be activities for children and the young at heart. Bat programs, Astral Photography programs, “Better Lights for Starry Nights”, sunset yoga, solar viewing, glow-in-the-dark face painting, night hikes with park rangers and more.

Mark your calendar now. More details coming soon to the website. (830) 685-3636

Run with the Ranger at Enchanted Rock – May 10

Inaugural program featuring an intro to trail running with an interpretive ranger. Learn about trail etiquette, the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Rock. Beginners encouraged and welcomed – no one will be left behind. Please bring water and a snack. 8:30 am. Call (830) 685-3030 for more information.

Archeology Presentation at Enchanted Rock – May 25

Join Friends of Enchanted Rock for an overview of Llano Uplift archeology with archeologist Dan Potter, at 6 pm. Dan was part of the team that surveyed ERSNA for archeological sites some 30 years ago when TPWD first acquired the property.

Please check in at park headquarters before meeting at the group pavilion. You are welcome to use the pavilion for a picnic supper afterwards. For more information please email m.mial@wildblue.net.