Across the nation, fall means football, hot coffee, pumpkins, and of course, gorgeous Autumn leaves. If you live on the East coast, you might travel to the Appalachians, which are known for brilliant red and orange leaves this time of year. The trees in the Northeast and Midwest also put on stunning displays. But what about Texas?
It’s a common misconception that trees change color due to a drop in temperature, but actually, it’s from the shorter days. Less daylight leads to a decline in chlorophyll, the substance that feeds the leaves and makes them green. Texas may not get as much of the cool weather as other parts of the country, but the daylight does wan in the fall.
The Lone Star State may not be known for fall foliage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it here. You just need to know where to look. Here are 10 places you can visit if you want to see gorgeous fall foliage in Texas.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Just 18 miles North of the Texas Hill Country wine and peach destination of Fredericksburg sits a pink granite dome that is just as magical as its name suggests. Enchanted Rock has drawn visitors for over 12,000 years scientists believe, evidenced by the bedrock mortars left by prehistoric residents of the area. In the Fall, the trees surrounding the granite batholith turn beautiful shades of red, rust and yellow. A hike up the Summit Trail is easier during the cool months, and affords a beautiful view of the surrounding scenery.
Garner State Park
Garner State Park is a state park in the community of Concan, Texas located in Uvalde County, Texas in the United States. It is the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping. It often fills by noon in peak parts of the season. The park is popular with campers and local residents for its activities on the Frio River and the dances held nightly during the spring and summer.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Grand Canyon of Texas. The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
You may know Lost Maples for its fall color, but it is spectacular year-round. Visit any time to see abundant wildflowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. We’re just two hours northwest of San Antonio.
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Enjoy the scenery while picnicking, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, in-line skating and fishing for largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. Eagles can be spotted during winter months. A variety of birds and wildlife can be viewed year-round.
Daingerfield State Park
Fall is the best time of the year for people to enjoy the outdoor activities. Daingerfield State Park is a great place to observe wildlife and relax along the water. The maples trees, sweetgum, and oak at Daingerfield State Park blaze hues of red, orange and yellow.
Davis Mountains State Park
High in the mountains of West Texas you will find a beautiful and historic park. Explore Davis Mountains State Park’s miles of trails, stay up late to marvel at the night sky, learn about the history of the park and nearby frontier fort. It’s worth the drive!
The foothills of the Davis Mountains are one of the most scenic destinations in all of the Texas. In Autumn, the changing oak foliage lights up the desert landscape.