Fall in Texas is more beautiful than you realize. Despite the southern climate, there are still some gorgeous places to catch fall colors in the Lonestar State. The varied landscape allows golden hues to sneak amongst the leaves every October and November, if you just know where to look. Don’t stray further south or east than the Hill Country, and stick to the spots below for your best shot at Texas fall foliage.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - Fredricksburg
Enchanted Rock is worth a visit at any time of year, but the magical views from the top of the rock truly come alive mid- to late October. There are a variety of hiking trails scattered throughout the park, but the summit trail up Enchanted’s granite slope is the best way to catch a panoramic shot of the area’s fall foliage. Make the trip extra special trip by staying for sunset, and snap some pics as the horizon’s crimson strokes meet the maple-hued leaves down below.
Best Time to Go: Mid-October – Late October
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park - Pittsburg
East Texas’s Piney Woods are home to diverse foliage that makes it one of the best places to see fall colors in the state. You can catch the best view of the region’s hues in Lake Bob Sandlin State Park. As the sweetgum, hickory, and red maple trees turn, the vibrant hues are beautifully reflected off the lake’s tranquil waters. The lake is also an idyllic fishing locale for bass and catfish.
Best Time to Go: Mid-October – Mid-NovemberGarner State Park - Uvalde County
Limestone bluffs and pristine waters make Garner State Park one of the most beautiful places in Texas. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in its splendor as the cypress, oak, mesquite, and persimmon trees adopt the shades of the season. Explore 11 miles of hiking trails, take a photo atop the scenic overlook, or pitch a tent at one of the park’s campsites or cabins to turn your treasure hunt into an idyllic getaway.
Best Time to Go: Late October
Dinosaur Valley State Park - Fort Worth
Nearly anywhere in North Texas offers spectacular fall colors, yet Dinosaur Valley State Park has true beauty in store for those who are adventurous enough to seek it out. The park’s hiking
trails meander through a breathtaking sea of marigold, crimson, and honey. Once you reach the Paluxy River, keep your eyes peeled for the massive dinosaur tracks from millenniums past. Mountain biking, fishing, and camping are also popular ways to explore the area.
Best Time to Go: End of October – First Week of November
McKinney Falls State Park
Austin Onion Creek’s tranquil waters meander through towering cypress trees and limestone bluffs at this scenic oasis. Forests marked with rich hues await in this hidden gem just 13 miles south of downtown Austin. Nine miles of hiking trails surround the park’s ancient bald cypress trees, including the revered “Old Baldy,” which is said to be over 500 years old. McKinney Falls is also a popular spot for bass and catfish angling.
Best Time to Go: Late October - Late November
Lost Maples State Natural Area - Vanderpool
On the banks of the scenic Sabinal River amongst rolling hills, this Texas Hill Country getaway is sure to inspire awe. Limestone bluffs, canyons, grasslands, and woodlands can be explored throughout the year, but the park’s Uvalde bigtooth maples make it a necessary destination for fall colors. To see the most maple trees (and most fall colors) as possible, explore the East Trail! The park publishes detailed fall foliage reports every year, so be sure to check the peak weeks and visit on a workday, if you can, to avoid the crowds.
Best Time to Go: Middle of November
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Fort Worth may be a big city, but it’s also home to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, where to magnificent foliage is put on full display in the annual Japanese Fall Festival. Visit this year Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14. This family friendly event features traditional Japanese dance, taiko drummers, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku pottery, food trucks, and more in the garden. Learn more here.
Best Time to Go: Middle of November
Tyler State Park - Tyler
One hundred foot tall trees envelop a 64-acre springfed lake at this stunning East Texas oasis. As the sweetgums, maples, dogwoods, and oak trees turn to all the shades of the season, many visitors choose to rent a canoe or kayak to paddle to the center of the lake. Explore the Lakeshore Trail if you’d prefer to take the view in by land, then traverse the Whispering Pines Trail to visit a rock waterfall.
Best Time to Go: Late November through Early December
Wherever you choose to catch fall foliage this autumn, we hope you’re awestruck by the beauty of our Great State. What more could you ever need outside of Texas?Posted by Karson Kelso on