Texas Hill Country includes Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, and Lampasas.
Hill country castle
The Enchanted Rock Summit Trail
Estimated to be over one billion years old, Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite pluton rock formation located in the Llano Uplift approximately 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, Texas, USA and 15 miles south of Llano, Texas. People appear minuscule walking along the top of the rock.
Enchanted Rock rises 425 feet (130 m) above the surrounding terrain to elevation of 1,825 feet (556 m) above sea level. It is the largest such pink granite monadnock in the United States.
Archaeological evidence indicates human visitation at the rock going back at least 11,000 years.
From the book The Enchanted Rock published in 1999 by Ira Kennedy:
These hunter-gatherers had flint-tipped spears, fire, and stories. With these resources, some twelve thousand years ago, the first Texans became the wellspring of Plains Indian culture. On the basis of archaeological evidence, human habitation at Enchanted Rock can be traced back at least 10,000 years. Paleo-Indian projectile points, or arrowheads, 11–12,000 years old have been found in the area upstream and downstream from The Rock. The oldest authenticated projectile point found within the present day park is a Plainview point type, dating back 10,000 years.
Folklore of local Tonkawa, Apache and Comanche tribes ascribes magical and spiritual powers to the rock (hence the name 'Enchanted Rock'). While attempting to hide from Anglo settlers in the area, the natives would hide on the top two tiers of the rock, where they were invisible from the ground below. The first European to visit the area was probably Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1536. The Tonkawa, who inhabited the area in the 16th century, believed that ghost fires flickered at the top of the dome. In particular they heard unexplained creaking and groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock's night-time contraction after being heated by the sun during the day.
To give a sense of the magnitude of Enchanted Rock, the picture shows people hiking (right) the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg, Texas
Pedernales Falls State Park is on the Pedernales River, east of Johnson City, Texas.
Bank of Fredericksburg
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