Fall has arrived – technically. Autumn is one of the most enjoyable times of the year in Texas, though we don’t always feel the cool weather or see the leaves change color like our friends in other parts of the country. Thankfully, the Lone Star State is large enough to provide a number of cool places to go if you’re longing for a traditional fall. From festivals to weekend getaways, here are five places to experience fall in Texas.
1) Take in the Beautiful Sights at Lost Maples
Hands down the best place to enjoy fall is at Lost Maples State Natural Area. Tucked within the Texas Hill Country, it’s an ideal place to visit to see leaves in those classic fall colors. During the months of October and November, the park puts out a weekly Foliage Color Change Report that provides pictures and updates on where the leaves are in their changing process.
2) Texas Renaissance Festival
To me, nothing says fall like heading to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Once you pass through the gates, you’re instantly taken back in time with over 3,000 professional actors who never break character, live entertainment, delicious food and wine shops, and so much more! Key things not to miss out on: the jousting competition, fireworks at the end of the day, and last but not least – people watching!
3) Big Bend
Yes, it is a really…really long drive, but it is worth it! Located way out in west Texas, Big Bend is one of THE most beautiful areas in Texas, and the fall is one of the best times to visit. Big Bend Ranch State Park and National Park alone contain more than 150 miles of breathtaking trails, a variety of geologic backgrounds like fossils and hot springs, and over 450 bird species.
Plus other surrounding parks nearby offer additional things to do and see. For example, the gondola ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park takes you to the top of Ranger Peak – 5,632 feet above sea level.
Located in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a great destination for Texans looking to take in the sights and sounds of autumn. Visitors can stroll up and down the main street lined with shops, restaurants and wine bars. In addition, visitors can hike Enchanted Rock for 360 degree views of the Texas Hill Country, hit the 290 Wine Trail or visit one of their museums.
Note: If you find yourself in Fredericksburg on Friday, November 27th be sure to catch the lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid & Community Christmas Tree to ring in the holidays.
5) The Piney Woods
Head into deep East Texas towards Tyler for the beautiful fall foliage of the Piney Woods. In the months of October and November, the Piney Woods change from their green to beautiful shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. The cities of Athens and Palestine have partnered to offer a 145-mile scenic driving trail so visitors can enjoy sights of beautiful fall colors along their connecting roads.
In addition to driving, visitors can enjoy the sights among the trees while zip lining, take nature walks, or even take a ride on a restored vintage steam train.
Fall in Texas is lots of fun – especially if you know where to look!