Below are three Texas state parks and natural areas that offer visitors an unparalleled look at fall colors, and this leaf color map from Thrillist is an excellent tool to keep track of when leaves are at their most brilliant.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area, located northwest of San Antonio, is known for its radiant beauty during autumn. Filled with striking maple trees that turn brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red, Lost Maples is renowned for its rugged beauty.
At this park, visitors can indulge in a variety of outdoor activities, including:
- Over 10 miles of trails meandering along the edge of a 2,200-foot cliff
- Camping at a selection of over 30 campsites
- Fishing in the Sanibal River or Can Creek
- Wildlife watching
- An off the grid weekend – no cell service here!
Tyler State Park
At Tyler State Park, a peaceful retreat nestled in northeast Texas, visitors will delight in seeing the changing leaves from the comfort of the car with a scenic drive or getting an up close view at the vibrant hues from one of many hiking and walking trails.
This beautiful park offers its visitors a plethora of activities, including:
- Mountain biking
- The Pineywoods trail system
- Screened shelters and cabins
- Picnic spots
McKinney Falls State Park
Near Austin, at McKinney Falls State Park, visitors will find themselves enchanted by the capital region’s hill country, where Onion Creek flows over limestone ledges to create a breathtaking waterfall. During autumn, this scenic park is brimming with incredible colors.
While visiting McKinney Falls State Park, explore the outdoors by:
- Camping at one of 81 sites
- Mountain or road biking
- Fishing in Onion Creek
- Joining a Ranger Program on birding, geocaching and more
Texas is filled with incredible opportunities to see fall foliage while exploring the outdoors!