This map of fall foliage will help you plan your Texas road trip

In Central Texas, ‘peak’ season for fall foliage is mid-November

Daingerfield State Park (Texas Parks and Wildlife)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio area and the Hill Country are about to see the “peak” season for fall foliage.

Central Texas is known to be behind the curve when it comes to brilliant fall foliage displays, but a map by SmokyMountains.com says it’ll be here soon.

The Hill Country was expected to see “minimal” foliage by Oct. 18, followed by “patchy” in time for Halloween.

The map shows the “near peak” prediction on Nov. 8 and the “peak” season on Nov. 15. In areas of West Texas, it’ll be “past peak” season by that time.

SmokyMountains.com, which is a travel website, says the map was made to help travelers plan their vacations.

“While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year,” the website says.

Travelers heading to Texas State Parks may want to plan ahead, as some of the most popular destinations typically sell out quickly for overnight camping or day use.

To reserve a spot at a Texas State Park, click here.

Last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife posted images of fall foliage from places like Daingerfield State Park, southwest of Texarkana, and Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool.

So, are you wondering where to head as peak foliage season approaches? Here are some of the Texas state parks where fall foliage is common.

  • Garner State Park, Concan: About 90 miles from San Antonio
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area, near Vanderpool: About 100 miles from San Antonio
  • Palmetto State Park, Gonzales: About 70 miles from San Antonio
  • Devil’s River State Natural Area, near Del Rio: About 215 miles from San Antonio
  • Inks Lake State Park, Burnet: About 100 miles from San Antonio
  • Colorado Bend State Park, Bend: About 146 miles from San Antonio
  • South Llano River State Park, Junction: About 120 miles from San Antonio
  • Lake Somerville State Park, Somerville: About 150 miles from San Antonio
  • Daingerfield State Park, northeast of Tyler: About 380 miles from San Antonio
  • Caddo Lake State Park: northeast of Tyler: About 370 miles from San Antonio
  • Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, north of Tyler: About 370 miles from San Antonio
  • Ray Roberts Lake State Park, north of Dallas-Fort Worth: About 320 miles from San Antonio
  • Sheldon Lake State Park, Houston: About 210 miles from San Antonio

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Rebecca Salinas has worked as a digital journalist in San Antonio for six years. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.