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8 Magical Texas Parks to Visit This Fall

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The New England states are beautiful to drive through in the fall with their tall, stately trees full of bright, gorgeous, and vibrantly colorful leaves! But autumn leaves and autumn colors in Texas are just as dazzling and breathtaking. A living fantasy courtesy of Mother Nature! Take a tour through these eight beautiful and magical state parks.

1. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Revered by Indians of yesteryear as a sacred place of worship, the top of the rock itself does not offer any spectacular fall foliage. It is primarily a giant, almost barren, magical mound of granite said to be haunted by ancient Indian spirits. But the phenomenal 360-degree view from its domed peak is more than a thousand words could describe. Visitors will take in an oak-filled landscape in a kaleidoscope of colors varying from shades of auburn, red, gold, and copper-colored leaves. Hike around its base and follow the trails among the trees to experience the most vibrant of autumn colors.

2. Garner State Park 

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Garner State Park offers hiking trails amidst the very trees that flaunt their miraculous super power year after year. This park, located in Concan, is a beautiful opportunity to experience the changing of the leaf colors first hand while really close to nature! Bring your camera and easily capture nature at its most brilliant best.

3. Monahans Sandhills State Park

sandhillsPhoto: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Monahans Sandhills State Park is more widely known for its unique sand hills than its fall foliage, but who would argue the comparison between the beauty of colorful foliage on a tree and the radiant beauty of a canvas full of sparkling stars in the sky. The “stars at night are big and bright” and can be seen clearly and almost forever from a constantly changing foundation of sand hills and surrounding fields of sunflowers in bloom. You will love playing in this giant sandbox!

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