Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
The nation’s second-largest granite dome, this massive pink batholith is one of the choicest spots to catch those ultra-sexy, big and bright Texas stars. Enchanted Rock is also the only IDA-recognized Dark Sky Park in the state, which means the low light pollution here gives you an incredible view of the night sky. Speaking of view, the domed peak’s abyss of oak, honey mesquite, Texas hickory, and other trees are stunning throughout the fall. Travel along the Summit and Loop Trails to spot blossoming flecks of copper-colored and auburn leaves as autumn arrives, or wait a few more weeks to bask in the foliage while enjoying the breezy weather. Local Indigenous tribes believed the rock was haunted and imbued with magical powers, and legend has it anyone who stays overnight becomes invisible—you’ll have to camp out to see for yourself. Reserve your day pass or camping site in advance online.
Enchanted Rock gets its name from the massive mound of pink granite that dates back more than a billion years. Go ahead and climb your way to the top, or take off one one of the nearby trails, which cover 11 total miles. But as you stroll, keep your eyes peeled for the kaleidoscope of colors painted into the area’s oak trees.
When to go: November