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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is an excellent park to visit for the day or to camp for a few days. It is family friendly with some easy trails, great views and lots of areas to scramble over rock surfaces.
Book a reservation for a day pass for an overnight stay at least a week in advance or it is very likely that there will be not space and you will be turned away at the gate. Yes, even day passes routinely sell out 3 to 4 days in advance.
Enchanted Rock is a huge monolithic granite rock. Most people simply hike up the rock along the main trail. If you take the main route you will likely be following a line of other hikers until you reach the top. However, if you are a little more adventurous, I recommend that you hike along the Echo Canyon Trail until you see the BIG ROCK - you'll know it when you see it. Then cut through the brush and hike up the steep back side of the rock. You'll be rewarded with a more independent and secluded hike.
Of course the view from the top of the rock is why most people visit the park - it is great. You'll have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
At the top of the rock venture toward the collection of boulders. You can scramble on top of the boulders, slide in between the boulders and if you can find the cave, you can immerse yourself within the boulders. You can find the cave by asking someone or looking for the X. Once you find the X you will need to drop down a crevice about 8 feet to enter the depth of the cave. Once you drop down into the crevice you are pretty much committed, because it is a little difficult to exit the crevice. The cave stretches for about 100 yards and takes 30 to 40 minutes to pass through. Once you walk about 20 feet, you’ll be in complete darkness without a light. I recommend that you only enter the cave if you have a headlamp and you secure all of your valuables in a zipped pocket within a backpack. There are sections in the cave where if you drop your light, keys or phone you will not be able to retrieve them. Other than that, have fun walking, crawling and sliding through the cave.
There are walk up campsites on a big open field. On this occasion we stayed at the Moss Lake Primitive Campground. The campsite is nestled amongst a forest. There is plenty of trees and shade to hang a hammock and relax. Texas State Parks require 2 inch tree hugging straps to hang a hammock. There are not facilities at this site, so Leave No Trace principles should be practiced.
Stayed 2 weeks at the end of February. Very clean, well maintained, didn’t feel too crowded on neighbors. Mix of full/long timers and some of us Nomads. A few social events but not a wide variety of activities. Only down-side was the road noise. Only a 2 lane road out front but more noise than expected. And sometimes disturbed the outdoor time. Didn’t hear the noise with the RV all closed up. Liquor store, gas/convince, couple restaurants within walking distance. Small brewery less than a mile down the road.
Camped here a long time ago, so this is my recollection. First get your reservations as they are a must. This place is close to Austin, so it gets crowded. The water here is fun and pretty, great flat hikes over pitted and scoured rocks. Snapping turtles in the water. Camp sites are nice, flat dirt with plenty of big oaks all around, fire pits, tables, and lantern holders provided. Nice spacing and all kinds of rigs can fit in here. I don’t recall that they have hookups. Bird watching is great here. All around a great state park. Reason for four stars: the park is being surrounded, literally, by urban development, and when hiking on the trails you often can come right up to it. So the tranquility of the area is impacted. Come here for a bit of nature, with easy access to services. Don’t expect to be out in the middle of nowhere. We came with a 35 foot fifth wheel and loved our site. Would definitely come again if in the area.
This is a pretty resort but crowded with full timers not RV full timers but but people livening here. They are sitting outside playing Mexican music loud at 2:00am with no respect for other neighbors. The management staff are no where to be found and no phone numbers to contact anyone for help. Don’t bother staying here unless you don’t want to sleep. It in now 3am.
This state park is a little outside of Austin near the airport. The park stays busy and it’s easy to see why– it’s really nice with waterfalls you can check out in the park and it isn’t far from the airport. We had a great stay here and will definitely check it out again if in the area. Although– watch the branches if you are in a bigger rig– we watched a guy hit one and mess up his roof. Also, if you will be camping in Texas State Parks a bit be sure to get the annual Texas State Parks pass– it will end up saving you a lot of money! Also, we went to a nearby market to buy what we thought was salsa(see pictures)– it definitely wasn’t and it was sooo spicy!!
We went on a nice weekend in early Feb and although it was chilly at night (down to mid-30s), the sun warmed us up during the day. The water was nice and clear blue, my husband enjoyed fly fishing. It was difficult to get a good hike in, I couldn’t figure out how to get to the longer hikes on the north side of the river without leaving the park and driving around. But since we were only there for a quick weekend it was just fine to walk around a bit. We went to the river overlook and that was pretty. Our spot was in the Turkey Sink campground, spot 65. It’s easy to see your neighbor from this spot but the campground was nice and quiet at night/early morning. Friendly staff too, and clean restrooms with showers. Had a great time!