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3 Places to Find Beautiful Fall Foliage In, Around Austin, Texas

By Heather Grass | October 12, 2020

Fall is here, which means some of my personal favorite weather and scenery is on its way. There’s just something about crisp, cool air and the beautiful, changing leaves that makes me feel at home and cozy. 

In and around Austin, there are plenty of places to go to get outside and to soak in this beautiful natural environment yourself. Here are three of my favorites. 

  1. Lost Maples State Natural Park 

If anybody ever questions if Texas has four seasons, take them west of Austin to Lost Maples State Natural Park. 

The scenery is unreal, as the park’s bigtooth maples change and turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red. It’s pure fall beauty, and it’s all just a few hours outside Austin city limits. And while the sights and fresh air may provide reason alone to make the trek, you can also fish, hike, take photos, hunt for geocaches, or do any number of outdoor, family-based activities to make the trip worthwhile. 

Even better, the Lost Maples official website provides a fall foliage report so you know exactly what to expect when you get there. Right now, the website says the maples are still green — but that won’t be the case for much longer. Now’s the perfect time to plan your trip. 

  1. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Want to stay a little closer to home? 

Just 15 minutes northwest of downtown Austin is the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, providing 227 acres of gorgeous, classic Texas Hill Country woodlands. The area is jointly owned by Travis County and St. Edwards University, giving Texans a place to hike (bikes prohibited!), nature watch, and soak in some fall foliage.

The area also provides guided tours and educational programs for those looking to learn a little more about the nature surrounding them in the heart of Texas. 

  1. Choose Your Own!

There’s no doubt that Lost Maples State Natural Park and Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve will provide a heavy dose of fall goodness — but there are plenty of options in and around Austin! 

The official Texas Highways website has compiled a list of popular spots, including Angelina and Sabine National Forests and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, giving you an excellent resource so you can plan your next fall excursion. 

Just look at those pictures

Makes me want to throw on a light jacket, lace up my hiking shoes, and head outside. What about you? 


Where are your favorite places in and around Austin to enjoy the fall scenery? I’d love to hear your ideas. Shoot me an email at carolyn@haneyhomeconcierge.com and let me know!

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Carolyn Haney, Cofounder and President of Haney Home Concierge

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