Don’t miss out on the beautiful fall colors Texas has to offer.
As you know, it’s kind of hard to “find” fall in South Texas. We might get cooler temperatures, but we don’t really get the pleasure of seeing the leaves change. With that in mind, I thought I’d share several locations where you can see the leaves in our neck of the woods. Some are close, some require a bit of a road trip. They’re all state parks, though, so it costs you little-to-nothing to enjoy the scenery!
1. Garner State Park (Concan, TX). The best time to travel here is in late October, and Concan is about an hour and a half away. The Frio River runs through this park, and you’ll see cyprus, oak, mesquite, and persimmon leaves in abundance.
2. Lost Maples State Natural Area (Vanderpool, TX). The Sabinal River runs through this park, and it’s about the same distance away as Garner State Park. In addition to bluffs, canyons, and grasslands, you’ll find plenty of bigtooth maple and red oak leaves.
3. Daingerfield State Park (Daingerfield, TX). The best time to visit this park is between late October and late November. It’s a six-and-a-half-hour drive, but once you get there, you can enjoy a myriad of hiking trails and find cypress, sweetgum, and oak trees.
4. Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose, TX). Glen Rose is about three hours away, and the best time to visit this park is between the end of October and the beginning of November. The Paluxy River runs through this area, and you can find Texas elm trees, hackberries, sumac, sycamore, Texas red oak, and Virginia creeper.
5. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park (Pittsburg, TX). This is another park that requires a bit of a time commitment (it’s a six-hour drive) to visit, but between mid-October to mid-November, you can see sweetgum, elm, hickory, oak, bald cypress, sumac, and red maple leaves.
6. Lake McKinney Falls State Park (Austin, TX). This park is located just south of Austin, which makes the drive about an hour long. You’ll enjoy some great views and see bald cypress and red oak leaves.
7. Tyler State Park (Tyler, TX). Late November to early December is this park’s prime visitation period. In addition to great lake views and a rock waterfall, you’ll find sweetgum, maple, sassafras, dogwood, hickory, sumac, and oak leaves.
To learn more about these parks, check out this article by Tour Texas. As always, if you have any real estate questions, feel free to call or email me. I’d be happy to help you.