Rock climbing in the Hill Country

You can really grab some granite at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, whether you are a seasoned or beginning rock climber.

Enchanted Rock is the second largest batholith, or melted igneous rock formation, in the United States. It’s 425 feet of solid pink granite, decorated with boulders, cracks, drop-offs and other outcroppings. And don’t forget about Turkey Peak. It’s a great place to take in the view of Enchanted Rock from on high.

Climbers can explore a variety of routes at Enchanted Rock, which is south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg on FM 965.

You also can find climbing opportunities at Reimers Ranch Park, located at 23610 Hamilton Road between Bee Cave and Dripping Springs. Reimers is a day-use only park, but a favorite of Central Texas rock climbers.

The Austin Rock Gym (www.austinrockgym.com) offers both climbing lessons and guided trips to Enchanted Rock. You can find more at the Central Texas Mountaineers website at www.ctmrocks.com.

Learn about rock-climbing opportunities through Rock About at www.rock-about.com. It offers climbing lessons from beginners through advanced as well as organized trips.

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