If it’s fall, that means it’s time to see some fall color in the Hill Country. Thankfully, you don’t have to take a trip to the Northeast to get an eyeful. If you know where to look, you can see some beautiful autumn sights right here in your backyard.
“As the revered French philosopher and journalist Albert Camus once wrote: ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’ That’s especially true here in the Lone Star State, as scenic woods full of oak, maple, mesquite, and cypress trees undergo the spectacular transition from verdant green to vibrant red, orange, and yellow,” said Tour Texas. “These autumn colors illuminate parks and natural areas across the state as fireworks do a night sky. In many places, the abundance of color is just as much of an attraction as anything else.”
If you’re looking for fall color in the Hill Country, here are the places you’ll want to see.
River Road Scenic Drive
We know that New Braunfels has some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas all-year-round, and that’s definitely true in the fall. Texas Less Traveled loves this 10.6-mile drive between Loop 337 right here in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Dam, “which crosses the Guadalupe River four times. The river cuts through tall limestone bluffs and towering cypress trees,” they said. “There are occasional rapids, but for the most part the river flows along lazily.”
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool
Lost Maples attracts visitors from far and wide all through the year, and especially in the fall, when the vibrant bigtooth maples come out to play.
“With little question, this amazing natural area is one of the best places in Texas to view the turning colors of fall, said Texas Less Traveled. “Visitors to the park can enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and nature study.”
Garner State Park
Gold and orange leaves contrasting with deep blue of the Frio River give Garner State Park a uniquely beautiful presentation in the fall.
“With its majestic limestone bluffs and the pristine flowing water of the Frio River, Garner State Park is one of the most beautiful places in the Lone Star State,” said Tour Texas. “That is certainly true in the fall, as the cypress, oak, mesquite, and persimmon trees adopt various breathtaking shades of red, orange, and yellow. Immerse yourself in all of Garner’s glorious fall colors when you explore its 11 miles of hiking trails. For the most jaw-dropping view, or a great spot to take an amazing photo, head to the scenic overlook where you can see the tree-covered countryside and the Frio River.”
Utopia to US 83
Take this scenic drive through the Hill Country to see some of the most spectacular fall color in Texas. “West of Utopia, RR 1050 winds its way through the Hill Country, crossing the Frio River before eventually intersecting with US 83 north of Concan,” said Lovetripper. “During late fall, the drive is dotted with blazing sumacs, sycamores, chinaberries, and cottonwoods.”
Drive along RR 32 to explore this popular scenic loop that travels through Canyon Lake, Wimberley, and Blanco, with beautiful autumnal scenery along the way.
Camp Wood to Leakey
Lovetripper calls this the best view of fall foliage in Texas thanks to a road that “climbs to some of the highest elevations in the Hill Country at over 2,300 feet and roadside lookouts (that) offer great vistas of reds, greens, and golds.”
This who live in favorite Hill Country masterplan Vintage Oaks get to enjoy gorgeous scenery all year round from this Texas Wine Trail community, as well as some of the best land and home values in the state. The fastest-growing community in the San Antonio MSA for three years running, Vintage Oaks offers an array of homes and Hill Country homesites for sale, resort-style amenities including multiple pools, ball fields, walking trails, and a Tuscan Clubhouse, and nature and Hill Country views.