enchanted rock state natural area

Photo: The Milky Way Rises Over Pedernales Falls State Park

July 24, 2019 | By

In a state where the stars at night are known for being big and bright, summer is the optimal time for viewing the Milky Way, when it is high in the southern sky and viewable through much of the night. State parks—such as Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, where the night sky reflects in the still waters of the Pedernales River—are often far enough from light pollution for decent observation. Some of the best state parks for nighttime viewing are Big Bend Ranch, Enchanted Rock, Copper Breaks, and South Llano River, which are all designated International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

June 27, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Lost Maples is most often touted as a destination for viewing fall foliage, but the shade from the trees make the park a cooler and more comfortable hiking destination in the summer.

Scenic Route: Flying Colors at Enchanted Rock

August 15, 2017 | By

Eighteen miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 956, a 425-foot pink rock looms over the landscape.

Running the Rock

November 15, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

We’ve been running for about 15 minutes—skipping over small boulders and sidestepping cacti that spike up from a trail winding the perimeter of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

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