There was so much to see and experience in the Hill Country of Fredericksburg, Texas, that it took two posts.
If you missed last week’s Fredericksburg, Texas post, check out Fredericksburg, Texas – National Museum of the Pacific War and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
Fredericksburg Brewing Company
During our stay in Fredericksburg, we had to try a local German establishment. Fredericksburg Brewing Company states that it’s the oldest operating brewpub in Texas. While the business has been in operation since 1994, the building it calls home is from the 1890s.
From your table in the main dining room, you can see the brewing equipment used to make over twenty different varieties of beer. At any given time, there are five selections to choose from depending on the time of year. Along with beer, Fredericksburg Brewing also serves a full menu of German and American pub food.
Ever wondered if the town of Luckenbach, Texas actually existed apart from the famous Waylon Jennings song? Well, it does.
This very small town actually has its own post office. Along with that, there is a general store, a dance hall, and an outdoor stage. Most days there is live music for your entertainment, and the general store sells refreshments for you to enjoy.
Check their website for the event schedule and ticket pricing. Not every event requires a ticket, but if you want to be there in the evening you will need to purchase a ticket.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
About 24 minutes north of Fredericksburg is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. As you drive up into the Hill Country, you eventually get to this amazing hiking experience.
What is Enchanted Rock?
It is actually a massive pink granite dome. Along with hiking the 11 miles of paths, you can do a little rock climbing as well. Check the website above for details on that little adventure.
Which hike did we do?
We started by hiking the .8-mile Summit Trail. This takes you to the top of Enchanted Rock, and if you only have time and/or energy for one hike, this is it.
After we hiked up and back down, we took the 4.6-mile Loop Trail which goes around the Rock. This is the orange trail on the post markings. This is a pretty easy trail to do, and you can see rock climbers along the back side of the Rock. However, if you aren’t careful, you can end up on the climbing trail and going through the base rocks.
Know Before You Go
- This is a timed-entry park, so make your reservations online and print your pass before you go. You may be able to get in without doing this step, but why drive all the way there just to find out the place is full.
- Take plenty of water and snacks with you. There isn’t a place to get it once you’re on the trails.
- Wear good hiking shoes and clothing.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen as there aren’t many trees along the trails.
- Pets are allowed in the picnic area and along the Loop Trail, but not on the Summit Trail or any other trail.
We loved our time in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area. There are so many different experiences that there is definitely something for everyone.
Next Week: Biking, BBQ, & Bats in Austin, Texas
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