Enchanted Rock Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fredericksburg, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 parks require reservations. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in the park, and limit groups to 5 or less. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ Please Note: Dogs are not allowed on the rock dome itself - only the trail loop.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail and the weather was great! Got a little lost on the detour, but a great experience nonetheless. Take water because you will need it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, especially to bring the dog out on (but make sure they wear booties!). I use to bring my crash pad and boulder climb off to the side of the trail. Relaxing, but can be hot and heavily trafficked during summer months.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

This trail is not for the faint of heart and is very steap

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! Summit trail was closed due to rain but there were still many great views!

hiking
4 months ago

A nice outing for family and friends. It’s close to home so I’ve done the trails many times. The hike to the peak is fun. Always wear proper shoes for hiking...at least athletic shoes. I’ve seen people trying it in flip flops and Sandals...not a good idea on this hike. Make a reservation. Only a certain number of people are allowed in at one time and it fills up often. Take water.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome! You literally hike up a giant rock lol. Love the rock formations you can climb on ip top!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Favorite park in Texas next to big bend and Guadalupe, perfect for the whole family regarding to difficulty. This park is more for fun than it is for a challenge or hardcore hiking, but scrambling/bouldering off trail is a blast, I love coming here and will continue going back

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail but poorly marked. There was one marked detour and several times we were looking for signs of other people ahead to know which way to turn because the trails were poorly marked.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

Had to detour thru turkey trail. Very nice hike still

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail to do a short hike. Requires reservation so make sure you check in advance. Few sheltered areas so carry water on a sunny day. View at the top of the rock is “enchanting”...

hiking
5 months ago

As of December 27th 2019 part of the loop trail is closed. The detour leads you down turkey pass trail, very scenic, worth the hike!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great Christmas Day walk, surprisingly busy with quite a few people out on the trail, many more heading up to do the summit. The detour is still in place but adds to the interest as it is a smaller more interesting trail and takes you over the rocks itself. Keep an eye on the trail markers as you summit the detour pass and keep to the left.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
fee
5 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. A portion of the loop is closed, but the addition of the turkey knob pass detour adds to the difficulty and interest. We hiked it starting west on Sunday and returned to hike it starting east on Monday. The weather was ideal 49 - 56 degrees both days. Regularly spaced restrooms were clean and trail well marked. Ranger staff was friendly. Terrain was interesting ( primarily granite with interspersed quarts - live oak trees grow it areas with little soil). We recommend this park. It’s worth the $7 per person. Make sure to make advanced reservations on the weekend, as times are slotted. Only regret, we didn’t camp over night. The stars would be spectacular in this location.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it. Lots of small elevation and terrain changes. A terrific hike - especially paired with hikes to the top of Enchanted Rock (which I did before and after the loop to add mileage).

walking
7 months ago

Super easy but the elevation on the way up did make it a little harder for me to breath but I do have asthma and it was very hot that day.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

This is a really nice loop around the park. For the most part it's a pretty level wide path. Currently the eastern portion is closed due to flood damage, so you're routed up through Turkey Pass Trail, but it's well mark and roughly the same distance, so no bother. There are lots of neat rock formations and great views along this hike. It's a great way to spend some time after doing the Summit Hike in the morning. Definitely recommend!

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Excellent hike! Bring plenty of water, it's a long trail. My son and I hiked at mid-day in early August. Temp was mid 90s but heat index was high. We didn't run out of water but only because we brought more than we thought we needed. Grateful we did. Had to detour on the Turkey Pass since a .88 mile portion of the Loop was closed due to recent rain. The Loop is wide open with. very little shade but is relatively flat since it encircles the main mountains but the Turkey Pass takes you right between Enchanted Rock to the west and Freshman Mtn and Turkey Peak to the east which is much more rocky and difficult but very fun and the view from the base of the mountains was beautiful. Headed up to the peak of Enchanted Rock in the morning.

hiking
10 months ago

Can get pretty hot, but it was a nice walk. Not challenging at all, so could be great for the family.

hiking
no shade
washed out
10 months ago

Cute little trail that circles the rest of the park and offers some cool views of the rock and the surrounding country. About a quarter of the trail was closed off due to washout, so we detoured another way. Well marked with a flat-ish broad gravel path but not much shade, especially on a hooooot July day. Bring lots of water!

Tue May 21 2019

Poorly marked and park map was completely useless.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Beautiful - we hiked the summit trail at sunrise then looped back to the parking lot by taking echo canyon trail to moss lake and then wrapping around left on the loop trail. Gorgeous in the morning with very few people and mild temps. So many incredible wildflowers - lilies, spiderwort, daisies, milkweed.

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