Enjoy Fall Foliage at These Texas State Parks

Enjoy Fall Foliage at These Texas State Parks

October 09 2023

There are many parks across the state where you can get your fall foliage fix. Fall colors are subject to changes in weather and falling temperatures, so keep an eye out for dropping digits and plan to get outside. Peak time to see fall foliage in Texas begins in October and usually lasts until December. 

Guadalupe River, GarnerCaprock CanyonsCopper Breaks and Ray Roberts Lake all offer gorgeous walks through autumn leaves. East Texas hardwoods shine bright at state parks too. Get an eyeful of elms, oaks, and hickories at Cooper LakeDaingerfield, and Martin Creek Lake.

One of the most popular fall foliage destinations in Texas is Lost Maples State Natural Area near Bandera, home to a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. At Lost Maples, enjoy a hike, go fishing, look for birds and other wildlife, camp, backpack, stargaze, hunt for geocaches and, of course, take in the vibrant colors of fall throughout the park. The fall foliage will really start to shine towards the end of October but with just 30 dedicated campsites equipped with electricity and water, reservations fill up fast this time of year. Don't delay in booking your spot! Lost Maples also offers plenty of primitive campsites for those looking for a more off-grid, submersive camping experience in nature. 

Another beautiful destination for fall foliage is Garner State Park, where fun traditions and beautiful scenery bring people back time after time. Located just 28 miles from Lost Maples, Garner State Park offers visitors plenty of outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, miniature golf, geocaching, bike riding and much more. Need gear? Visitors can rent paddle boats, kayaks and inner tubes, as well as tables, barbecue pits, heaters and fans at Garner State Park. Fall foliage is most enjoyed at Garner during the first weeks of November.

Insider tip: If your schedule is flexible and you want to avoid some of the crowds, aim for a mid-week visit.

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