Autumn road trip? Here’s where to see fall foliage in Texas

These state parks are worth the drive

A photo of Palmetto State Park taken in November 2019.
A photo of Palmetto State Park taken in November 2019. (Texas Parks and Wildlife)

SAN ANTONIO – Prepare to grab your flannel and your camera, Texas is wide and there’s quite a lot of foliage to see this autumn. Pumpkin spice lattes are optional.

Hues of yellow, orange and red will soon begin to paint over the Hill Country and Texas state parks now that the fall season has officially arrived.

With some state parks expected to sell out early for day trips, it’s best to plan ahead, especially with limited capacity at some places due to the pandemic.

Save the Day passes are available for the majority of state parks, and reservations can be made for a morning or afternoon arrival.

For those wanting a longer stay, overnight camping reservations can be made three months out.

Last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife posted images of fall foliage from places like the Devils River State Natural Area near Del Rio, Inks Lake State Park near Burnet and South Llano River State Park in Junction.

Popular parks like Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area often reach capacity early and close, according to TPWD.

Images from last year show Lost Maples reached peak fall foliage by Nov. 26.


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