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10 Fun Fall Activities in the Hill Country

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The Texas Hill Country is tons of fun to experience during fall. As temperatures cool down, visitors can enjoy the region’s natural beauty without worrying about fatigue from the heat. And, there a number of seasonal events that are unique to the area. Here are some fun activities the whole family can enjoy during autumn in the Hill Country.

1. Soak Up The Stars

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If you’re looking for a late-night adventure, head out to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The skies at night become dark enough to give you an amazing view of the Milky Way, which can be viewed from atop the pink granite rock formations that fill the park.

2. Go On A Hike

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Fall is the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and explore the hidden natural gems of Texas hill country. The 60-foot-high moss-covered waterfall, known as Gorman Falls, is one of the biggest attractions at Colorado Bend State Park, which is filled with breathtaking trails.

3. Drive Highway 16

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Highway 16 is one of the most scenic stretches of highway in Texas. Take a leisurely cruise and soak in the giant oak trees, juniper plans mixed with impressive limestone and red rock formations.

4. Explore on Horseback

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One of the best ways to explore the incredible terrain that makes up Texas hill country is to see it on horseback. Breathe in the fresh air and ride across 6000 breathtaking acres of land at the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge in Bandera County.

5. Go Cave Diving

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Make your way through winding, tiny pathways and giant cavern rooms hundreds of feet underground. Cascade Caverns in Boerne features a breathtaking 100’ waterfall. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, grab your scuba gear and explore the longest underwater cave in the state at Trinity Aquifer.

6. Ride the Austin Steam Train

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Step onto the Hill Country Flyer to get a brand new perspective on the Texas hill country. View beautifully-colored trees as you glide over the South San Gabriel River and Short Creek Canyon.

7. Visit the Lost Maples Natural Area

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If you want to see fall foliage at its finest, take a trip to the Lost Maples Natural Area in Vanderpool. Thousands of trees line limestone canyons and valleys, providing a breathtaking backdrop that’s perfect for camping or romantic picnics.

8. Go to Wurstfest

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This ten-day celebration in New Braunfels allows you to taste some of the best German sausage and cuisine of the area. Along with delicious food, you can take in some great live music and grab some German-themed goods from local vendors.

9. Search For Gemstones

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Topaz, the State Gem of Texas, can be found all over the Hill Country. Stay the night at Lindsay Ranch and spend your day digging for gemstones of all shapes and sizes while soaking in the beautiful scenery.

10. Enjoy A Slice

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The Hill Country is filled with apple orchards, which has helped to make it the top destination for dessert lovers. Grab a tasty slice of pie from Love Creek Orchards Cider Mill & Country Store in Medina, which has become the unofficial apple capital of the state.