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5 Fabulous Fall Road Trips in the Texas Hill Country

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Fall colors are at their peak and sometimes the best view is from the driver’s seat. So, grab your sunglasses. Put on your favorite ball cap. Don’t forget your Coke and peanuts. Let’s hit the road!

1. First stop: Fredericksburg, of course!

enchanted-rockPhoto: Facebook/Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Fredericksburg is a favorite destination in the Texas Hill Country for a lot of reasons. You can enjoy fantastic food, do a little shopping, and enjoy the fresh, cool air. One of the favorite eateries is Fredericksburg Pie Company. Who says you can’t have pie for breakfast? A favorite is the Coconut Meringue. But get there early because they sell out fast. Stroll the streets of downtown and breathe the cool, clean, country air. Pop into one (or a dozen) of many distinctive shops, restaurants and wineries. Stay at a cozy bed & breakfast recommended by the

Stroll the streets of downtown and breathe the cool, clean, country air. Pop into one (or a dozen) of many distinctive shops, restaurants, and wineries. Stay at a cozy bed & breakfast recommended by the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

But don’t forget the main reason you’re here. Fall is a great time to see the breathtaking scenery in this quaint German town. For a jaw-dropping view, hike up to the top of Enchanted Rock, just outside of Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock is a giant pink granite dome with a summit of 1823 ft., which is not a daunting hike for most. Wear good shoes, bring water, and don’t forget your camera.  

Make plans to be at the Geschichte Fest November 5th, which is a tribute to the German Pioneers of the Texas Hill Country. Also, Fredericksburg Trade Days  is held Thanksgiving weekend (November 25-27), which you do not want to miss, but if you can’t make it in November, Trade Days takes place the weekend of the 3rd Saturday of every month.

2. Camp out in Kerrville!

kerrville-schreinerPhoto: Facebook/Kana’s Korner

Hop back in the car (or truck) and head west on Hwy 16 to Kerrville. Fall foliage is abundant at several parks in and around Kerrville. The Kerrville-Schreiner park is a must see any time of year. The Guadalupe river with huge Bald Cypress trees is a camera junkie’s dream. Vintage Market Days is coming up November 11-13 where you’ll find vintage treasures and yummy treats for the road. Book your stay at the fun Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park .

3. Photograph the foliage at Lost Maples State Natural Area. 

lost-maplesPhoto: Facebook/Lost Maples State Natural Area – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Lost Maples gets its name from a stand of Uvalde Bigtooth Maples that show off their colors in the fall.  The Sycamores also put on a pretty good show. While you’re there, check out the Monkey Rock and if you’re into camping, reserve one of the primitive or standard campsites.  If you prefer sleeping indoors, check out The Lodges at Lost Maples.

4. Mason is a true Texas Hill Country gem!

blue-topazPhoto: Facebook/Tiff’s Rocks & Minerals

Throw a shovel in the trunk and head Northwest on Hwy 87 from Fredericksburg to Mason County. Mason is a small town that you will literally dig! Blue Topaz is the treasure of this Texas Hill Country county, although white topaz is more common, and you might be lucky enough to find a piece. If you’re in Mason during the week, take advantage of Steak Nights, Monday and Thursday at Willow Creek Cafe. Don’t forget to grab some mini pies for the road!

5. Relish in the Colors of Concan

Garner State ParkPhoto: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Concan is about an hour west of San Antonio and it is a must see in the Fall. Like Lost Maples State Park, the colors explode from the Maples, Sycamore, and Bald Cypress trees. The reflections of those vibrant colors on the Frio River is a photographer’s dream come true. The Live Oak Bed & Breakfast in Uvalde is a charming place to lay your weary head after a day of road tripping. Neal’s Lodging and Dining in Concan can put food in your tummy and a pillow under your head.

So grab your map, fill up the gas tank, and hit the road. You can’t go wrong with one, or all, of these Fall Texas Hill Country locations.