5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Texas

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Texas

Texas’ diverse topography and natural ecology makes for dazzling opportunities to enjoy the colors of the changing seasons. Climb to the top of a mountain, get lost in a state park’s forest, or go for a hike in your hometown. No matter which of the following five options you choose, you’re in for stunning foliage.  

1. Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples is known primarily for its fall color and abundant wildflowers. Stop by the canyon walls and take a gander at the Sabinal River. According to the official website, “Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leave son these and other trees in autumn.” Make sure to check their online fall foliage report before stopping by to ensure you’re getting the best views possible.

2. Daingerfield State Park

Daingerfield State Park in the town of the same name boasts 507 acres in total, with paddle boating, ranger programs, camping, hiking, and nature viewing galore. The park is surrounded by lush forest trails that offer exquisite views of the changing seasonal colors. You’ll pay $4 daily to enter, but the memories you make will be priceless.

3. Garner State Park

Garner State Park is on the Frio River, providing easy access to all kinds of water activities. Enjoy over 11 miles of trails through the forest to better acquaint yourself with the fall foliage. Take a look at the Interactive Trails Map to chart your course before heading out, available on their website.

4. Guadalupe Mountains

The Guadalupe Mountains offer a diverse viewing experience unlike most others. Known as the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef, the area also includes a “diverse collection of flora and fauna,” and a fair amount of foliage. Climb one of mountain peaks to get a better view of the forests spanning out below.

5. Barton Creek Greenbelt

Enjoy the fall foliage without ever leaving the city in this Austin, Texas “urban oasis.” Managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Greenbelt provides biking, running, rock climbing, swimming, and hiking paths with trails totaling just over seven miles. 

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