Having been brought up in the Northeast United States, fall foliage means stunning vistas of rolling hills filled with a breathtaking array of colors – for several weeks and months. Moving to Texas was a bit of a shift with regard to the seasons, and I honestly thought the beauty of autumn would be lost for me. Much to my surprise, Texas possesses some of the post-pumpkin color spectacles that signal the gradual approach to Christmas – if you know where to look. To help with your search for the yellows, reds, and oranges of the season, we’ve collected 3 places you can find autumn in the Lone Star State.
1) Looking out west, one favorite location is Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and more specifically McKittrick Canyon. Deceiving though it may be, this desert area comes alive in late autumn with astonishing vibrance due to the concentration of ash, maple, juniper, oak, and walnut trees. For any outdoors enthusiast, this is not only a fall destination, but an opportunity to really connect with nature as there is little more than open country in this rugged but beautiful area.
2) On a drive from Fort Worth to Florida, I was shocked to find such lush woods throughout East Texas. It just so happens that this gorgeous region is also host to many pockets of fall colors. Pick your favorite search engine and search for destinations like Tyler, Athens, Winnsboro, and Palestine. You should be able to locate some amazing routes and stops in this forested part of the state. Don’t forget to sample local food and drink as you go!
3) Of course no Texas fall foliage list would be complete without a mention of Texas Hill Country. Points south of the Austin and Fredericksburg regions are famous for many things, fall colors being just one of them, so it’s easy to say that a visit to the area will give you a lot of bang for your autumn buck. Venture a little south and west of these iconic Texas destinations and you’ll find yourself in the quintessential fall foliage center of Texas, Lost Maples State Natural Area. Here you’ll find a myriad of colors indicative of that time of year also known for hot apple cider and hoodies. A road trip around these parts is a must!
I’m happy to say that Texas has a lot to offer the autumn lover, and the fall colors aren’t far from any corner of our proud state. Get in your cars and go find those leaves changing color!