Fall is almost upon us, and while we may not see much in the way of temperature change here in Texas, the leaves definitely obey the rule of the season and change into some of the most vibrant, breathtaking colors you’ve ever seen. Based on this map, it appears that the best time to see fall foliage in our state is around early to mid-October, but that varies slightly depending on the region. Here are 5 of the best places and times to see fall foliage in Texas:
1. Garner State Park (Concan)
Garner State Park is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Texas. That’s even more true in the fall, when cypress, oak, mesquite, and persimmon trees boast varying shades of the most vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows you’ve ever seen. There are 11 miles of trails, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to experience the scenery. You’ll get the most out of your visit if you go in late October.
2. Lost Maples State Natural Area (Vanderpool)
Lost Maples is known across the state for having some of the most intense fall foliage in the state. The Uvalde Bigtooth Maples show their colors in late October and early November, and most of the trees can be found on the East Trail. The leaves here are such a big deal that the park posts an annual fall foliage report that you can check before your trip to make sure you’re going at the peak of the season.
3. Daingerfield State Park (Daingerfield)
It’s time to show North Texas some love. This state park has so many different ways to enjoy the foliage – hiking, kayaking, picnicking, and taking a scenic drive are among them. Anytime between late October and late November will guarantee you a front row seat to the show.
4. Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose)
Just an hour away from Fort Worth, this park offers more than just ancient dinosaur tracks – it’s also a hub for breathtaking fall leaves. You can hike, bike, fish, camp or all of the above from the end of October to the beginning of November to best experience the foliage.
5. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park (Pittsburg)
Now we’re headed over to East Texas, arguably the mecca of fall foliage in the state. From mid-October to mid-November, the sweetgum, hickory, and red maple trees follow the order of the season and change their leaves into a brilliant display of color. Hike, bike, fish, or simply gaze out at the amazing spectacle surrounding the water.