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Texas Hill Country State Parks You Must Visit This Fall

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The fall is the perfect time to visit Texas Hill Country state parks, which offer stunning vistas and even changing leaves. Why not make this fall your time to explore everything the Hill Country has to offer? Pack your bags, grab your tent, find your hiking shoes, and get ready to have your own adventures right here in Texas.

1. Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Photo: Facebook/Lost Maples State Natural Area – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Any listing of Texas Hill Country state parks to visit in the fall must include Lost Maples. This state natural area lacks some of the amenities you’d find at a state park, but what it lacks in creature comforts, it makes up for in scenery. From the middle of October throughout the fall, a daily fall foliage report indicates how much of the canopy has changed colors, giving you the chance to know before you visit how splendid a view of the maples you’ll get. Pro tip: Since everyone wants to visit this park in the fall for a rare chance to see leaves changing colors in Texas, visit on a weekday and early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

2. McKinney Falls State Park

The falls of McKinney Falls Park, one of the Texas Hill Country state parks you must visit this fall

Photo: Facebook/McKinney Falls State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

If you want to take in nature without straying too far from the city, check out McKinney Falls State Park. This getaway is just minutes from Austin, but once you enter the park, it feels miles away from civilization. While here, go rustic without sacrificing comfort by staying in one of the air-conditioned cabins. Camping, hiking, biking, and fishing at the park make this a perfectly located recreation center close to the state capital.

3. Blanco State Park

Blanco State Park
Photo: Blanco State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

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