Anyone who has lived in the Lone Star State knows the feeling of anxiously awaiting fall in Texas. It’s a much-needed reprieve from sweltering summer heat and offers the perfect environment for enjoying some of Texas’s best with both nature excursions and major events. Here are four places for you to rejoice in the arrival of the new season:
Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187, Vanderpool
A must see destination for anyone and everyone during the fall, Lost Maples State Natural Area is a picture perfect scene. Visitors will enjoy an fauna, the beautiful canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. During the fall, the leaves transform into a wide array of colors that keep everyone coming back. Lost Maples has over 10 miles of trails and 30 campsites providing a fantastic place to spend a weekend enjoying the cooler weather. The peak season for vivid leaf colors is from mid-October through mid-November and the Texas Parks and Wildelife Department provides a Fall Foliage Report so you can get the most camera ready trees.
State Fair of Texas
3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas
Sept. 30-Oct. 23
During the fall season, Dallas hosts the annual State Fair of Texas to celebrate all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement. Every year, the fair evolves with enough happenings to keep you busy for days. This year’s attractions include the Budweiser Clydesdales, The Taylor Swift Experience, and Mundo Latino: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel the Exhibition plus so much more. The food is an experience all it’s own with menu items like Fried Jello, Dallas’ Fried Bacon-Tilla (basically taco with bacon instead of a tortilla), and Deep Fried Nachos. Another can’t miss staple of the fair has to be the Texas Star Ferris wheel. With a height of 212 feet, it is the tallest Ferris wheel in North America!
Texas Renaissance Festival
1778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
Oct. 8-Nov. 27
Everything is bigger and better in Texas, which makes it no surprise that the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas is such a hit. Located only 50 miles outside of Houston, the festival aims to bring an enchanting world of lords and ladies, knights, nobles, fairies, elves, and other characters to our world. Every year, over 500,000 guests have the chance to experience an assortment of performers ranging from musicians to acrobats and magicians. There are over 400 shops that feature the finest works of artists, artisans and merchants. Live demonstrations of glass bowling, weaving, pottery making, blacksmithing and more are present as well. There’s no better way to spend fall in Texas than returning to an age of finesse and culture.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
400 Pine Canyon Dr., Salt Flat
The epitome of fall lies in the McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. During the latter part of October through November, the trees bear spectacular fall foliage. The vivid reds and yellows create a beautiful scene when combined with the stunning vistas of the Chihuahuan desert. The National Park Service recommends allowing about three to five hours to hike in the canyon. Hiking trails range from less than one mile round-trip to over 14 miles. The best way to escape the fall shopping chaos is to take a walk through the hidden colorful secrets of the riparian oasis.
— By Elizabeth Ucles