It is early afternoon and only a few degrees above freezing when we arrive at the state park. A pink granite batholith extends high into the Texas sky and has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Texas. Enchanted Rock is the largest batholith in the United States and standing at it’s base you can see how it has gained so much attention.

There are many reasons why people come to climb this giant historical landmark. I even saw two runners sprinting up it’s face during my time there. There is evidence that visits to this rock started more than 11,000 years ago. For fitness purposes or for spiritual, this rock is a place of convergence for so many different kinds of travelers.

Given it’s name you can imagine that there are tales of lore surrounding this behemoth and you’d be right. Everything from ghosts that wander the summit to magical powers within the pink stones can be attributed to Enchanted Rock.

Regardless of why you go to it, who you are or where you’re from the batholith will keep you in awe. The views are spectacular from the foothills to the summit and the surrounding 1600 acres of traversable land is just icing on the cake.

Location: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area