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Friends of Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock
State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States. Visitors can enjoy primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, picnicking, geological study, bird watching, and star gazing. The park is 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965, or from Llano, take State Highway 16 for 14 miles south and then go west on Ranch Road 965.

PROJECTS OF THE FRIENDS OF ENCHANTED ROCK - JOIN US!
FOER opened up membership in late February 2010.

Here are just some of the things FOER does with your support:

  • Build and Repair PARK TRAILS.
  • Raise Funds for New Construction Projects / Repairs and Improvements on existing structures (ex: "Interpretive Exhibit at the Gazebo").
  • Committment of Funds to the Enchanted Rock Firewater Project; a rainwater catchment system at the park pavilion to be used for Wild Fire Prevention in the park and the surrounding area.
  • Provide Funds for Materials to be used for Hiking Trail maintenance.
  • Purchase and Plant native trees in the main campground areas as part of our Adopt a Tree Program.
  • Provide Funds to help with the repairs of park vehicles, including the "mule" used for trail maintenance.
  • Friends of Enchanted Rock Host the Annual Granite Gripper Competition, a family friendly day of competitive climbing benefiting ERSNA.
  • Sponsor E.R.G.E. (Fredericksburg ISD Environmental Club) Trash Pick Up Day.
  • Friends of Enchanted Rock created and published a new Enchanted Rock (Aerial) Hiking Map to help park visitors get the most out of their ERSNA experience.

Many experts in the fields of geology, birds, plants and trees conduct nature walks and tours for us. Some of these same friends from the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists have donated their time to man our Gazebo store on Saturdays, plant & care for new trees in the park, prepare bird and plant lists for us, and serve as advisors on all things natural! We are grateful for our HCTMN friends, John Hueckstaudt, Jim &
Priscilla Stanley, Linda Ross, Jane Crone, Lou McKaughan, Frances Watson, Chuck Taylor, Carolyn Bean and last but not AT ALL least, Bill Lindemann.


THE FRIENDS OF ENCHANTED ROCK (FOER) is a volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1999. Our mission is to work in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife to promote conservation of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area’s natural and cultural resources through preservation, education and improvement efforts.


Once again our friends at WHOLE EARTH PROVISION COMPANY and CHACO are helping us help ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA!  Get your great Chaco shoes TODAY and help your "FRIENDS" help OUR PARK! Find out how your next purchase of Chacos can BENEFIT Enchanted Rock!
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Austin Stores

4477 South Lamar Blvd.  512-899-0992
1014 North Lamar Blvd.  512-476-1414
2410 San Antonio St.  512-478-1577

Dallas Stores

5400 East Mockingbird Ln.  214-824-7444
Preston Forest Center  972-861-5700

Houston Stores

2934 South Shepherd Dr.  713-526-5226
2501 Post Oak Blvd.  713-526-5440

San Antonio Store

Quarry Market, 255 East Basse  210-829-8888

Southlake Store

Southlake Town Square (across from the Post Office)  817-442-9132

For Information on HILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE Events Visit:

www.hillcountryalliance.org


PRESERVATION

FOER is committed to the preservation of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area so that visitors of all ages can enjoy outdoor experiences in one of the most diverse natural landscapes in Texas. We believe that preservation begins with education. Our goal is to increase public awareness for the unique ecological features of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area so that its beauty will remain intact and can be treasured by our future generations.

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IMPROVEMENT

FOER works in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife to help improve the trails and facilities in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. For ten years our volunteers have met on the third Saturday of each month to hand build and help maintain the park's well worn, eroded trails. In addition, we help fund trail materials, park maintenance, and equipment as needed. Our physical and financial help is much needed and greatly appreciated by ERSNA's hard working staff.

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EDUCATION

FOER works to promote the active stewardship and enjoyment of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. We offer opportunities to explore the park's natural wonders through informative brochures, trail maps, and guided plant, bird and geology tours. We are currently working in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife and Whole Earth Provision Company on the new Gazebo Interpretive Sign Project, and collaborative plans are underway for an Interpretive Summit Trail & Brochure project.

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Special Thanks to Lance Allred

We extend our special thanks to Lance Allred for allowing us to use his beautiful photographs of Enchanted Rock in the slideshow that appears on the Home Page of our website! In his book, Lance draws on the work of specialists in many fields to offer a popular account of the park's history, geology, weather, flora, and fauna. Whether you want to know more about how Enchanted Rock was formed, identify a wildflower or butterfly, or learn more about plant communities along the hiking trails, you'll find accurate information here, presented in an inviting style. Over a thousand color photographs illustrate the enjoyable text.
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