Thursday, June 19, 2014

Enchanted Rock (Gillespie County, Llano County)

"For as long as anyone can remember, and perhaps even longer, Enchanted Rock has been a special place, from the earliest human inhabitants of the region as much as twelve millennia ago right up to the people who visit it today. Native Americans believed it was a portal to the otherworld and there are countless legends, ghost stories, and paranormal phenomena associated with this wondrous natural site, whose name is not arbitrary or just meant to be colorful." 

Those are the opening words I wrote to the chapter on Enchanted Rock that will be appearing in Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country. It is just one of about 30 sites that will receive feature treatment in the book, along with about 40 that will be more briefly covered in an appendix of Additional Haunted Sites. 

A cave entrance can be found a little ways down the far side of the slope. Initially it is well lit during the day because of gaps between the rocks but then drops off into a darkened chamber that can be entered, allowing visitors to travel 20-30 minutes and emerge further down on the rock. This feature brings to mind stories of a Spanish priest who took refuge from Indians on Enchanted Rock and spent two days wandering a labyrinth below it and encountering the spirits residing there ...

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