Cross Mountain Park: Hiking to the Top of Fredericksburg

Cross Mountain Park contains a hill in Fredericksburg, Texas. This hill, known as Cross Mountain, is 1,886 feet above sea level. Hiking to the top of Cross Mountain is easier than climbing Enchanted Rock, even though its elevation is higher. If you have ever driven to Enchanted Rock from Fredericksburg, you would have passed this park on the way. Hike to the top and be rewarded with the best view in the city.

A view from Cross Mountain Park in Fredericksburg, Texas.
View from the top of Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg, TX

How to Get to Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg, TX

Address: Cross Mountain Trail Drive, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Hours of operation: Cross Mountain is open 24 hours a day

Cross Mountain Park is about one mile north of Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Head north on Milam Street and the entrance to Cross Mountain will be on your left. If you are coming from Enchanted Rock, the entrance will be on the right. On our visit, the park did not yet contain a parking lot. However, there is room to park at the end of Cross Mountain Trail Drive, near the trailhead.

A bench at the to of Cross Mountain while hiking with dogs.
Cross Mountain Park is dog friendly

Things to Do at Cross Mountain Park

  • Walk your dog
  • Hike to the top
  • Hike short nature trails

Cross Mountain Park is open all day, and it’s dog friendly. We hiked to the top of the hill with our dog and found the best view in Fredericksburg. The trail is made entirely of rocks and wraps around the hill. A couple areas are steep and may be moderately difficult. However, hiking Cross Mountain is quick due to the surroundings.

The recorded elevation of Cross Mountain is approximately 1,950 feet. Although, this height may include the cross at the top of the hill. The peak is only about 100 feet above the surrounding area in Fredericksburg. In comparison, Enchanted Rock is slightly lower, but is over 400 feet above its surroundings. This makes Enchanted Rock a much more strenuous climb.

We found butterflies at the top of Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg.
Butterflies at the top of Cross Mountain

Hiking Cross Mountain

The trail is unmarked at Cross Mountain Park, and the distance has not been recorded. If you hike up, down and around the nature trails, you may reach a distance of one mile. The potential hiking distance at this park is low, but the reward is high. We reached the top of Cross Mountain in only 90 seconds.

The park was still being updated during our visit. There is a restroom and picnic table near the trailhead, but no other amenities. At the peak there is a bench and a giant cross. The first settlers of Fredericksburg did find one at the top, but the current cross is not the original. Additionally, we found swarms of butterflies at the top of the hill. One remained still long enough to capture it in the foreground of a photo.

What will you see at the top of Cross Mountain? The only way to find out is to climb the hill yourself. There are a lot of great things to do in Fredericksburg, and hiking Cross Mountain Park is one of them.

I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it. We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site. Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly.  I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.

David Earley


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