Protruding from the earth in the form of a large pink dome, Enchanted Rock looks like something from another planet. This granite formation rises 1,825 feet—the second-largest in the nation, after Georgia's Stone Mountain—and its bald vastness can be seen from miles away. Today the massive batholith is part of the 624-acre Enchanted Rock State Park and one of the most popular destinations in the Hill Country region. Once considered to have spiritual powers by the Tonkawa
tribe, the rock is traversed day in and day out by those curious about its mysterious occurrence. The park is perfect for day hikers, most of whom can't wait to scale the summit. The rock also yields a number of faces to test the skills of technical rock climbers. But even if you're not into rock climbing, the park is a perfect spot for camping, picnicking, and hiking. Arrive early; park officials close the park to protect the resources once parking lots reach capacity. Amenities include restrooms, an interpretive center, and campgrounds.