Want to see fall colors in Texas? Try these parks
Texas trees doesn't typically experience the red, orange and brown hues that other parts of the country brilliantly showcase in the fall, but there are a few places where you can see those leaves change within our state.
If you're craving fall colors, which typically appear between mid-October and mid-November, here are a few places you can go to get your fix.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
If you want to see the leaves change near Austin, one spot that rarely disappoints is Lost Maples State Natural Area. Located about two hours southwest of Austin, this area for several weeks each fall transforms into a collage of red, orange and yellow that looks out of place when compared to the rest of Texas.
Be warned, though, that weekend electric campsites for October and November — peak color-change season — are already full, and weekday campsite availability is extremely limited. If you want to make it a day trip, you can purchase a Save the Day pass that will ensure that you are admitted to the park on the day you want to visit. Save the Day Passes are made available online up to 30 days before your visit.
Daily entrance fee to the park is $6 per person, free for children 12 and younger. Other outdoor activities available at the park include backpacking, hiking, bird-watching and fishing.
Info: 37221 FM 187 in Vanderpool. 830-966-3413, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples
Garner State Park
Located only about a half-hour from Lost Maples, Garner State Park is another place that's fortunate to showcase those stunning fall colors. Located on 2.9 miles of the Frio River and featuring 16 miles of scenic hiking trails, this picturesque park is a perfect place to relax and unwind in the fall. The park frequently reaches capacity on weekends and holidays, though, so be sure to plan ahead.
Info: 234 RR 1050 in Concan. 830-232-6132, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Set on a 9,000-acre lake in northeast Texas, this state park is perfect for camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and yes, watching the leaves change. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Info: 341 State Park Road 2117 in Pittsburg, Texas. 903-572-5531, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-bob-sandlin
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Located in West Texas, this national park is also home to brilliant hues of orange and red in the fall. The fall colors season here typically begins in mid-October and continues through mid-November. Check website for more details.