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8 Magical Texas Parks to Visit This Fall

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4. Lost Maples State Natural Area 

lost-maplesPhoto: Flickr/Jon Lebkowsky

Lost Maples is a natural area encompassing more than 2,000 acres on the Sabinal River and owes its impressive fall colors to the large concentration of maple trees within its boundaries. Colors of the leaves are totally dependent on Mother Nature’s cooler weather beginning in November to produce sugar-which is the reason maple leaves change their color. Depending on the weather and the sugar production of the maples, colors in the park may range from deep hues of vibrant reds, yellows, browns, and greens to a more muted landscape of blended pastels. Beauty in all shades and colors! Enjoy the park activities year-round including hiking, fishing, bird watching, paddle boats, and mountain climbing.

5. Big Bend National Park

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The heat in the West Texas desert exceeds a scorching hundred degrees way too often! So the fall season may be the preferred visiting time for Big Bend. As for foliage, there are very few trees in the desert but check out Boot Spring in the Chisos Mountains area of Big Bend. Then look closer to the ground and marvel at the superb color of various cacti and native desert plants. Behold the surrounding majesty of Big Bend! Massive canyons change hues from deep reds, striking blues, to pink and purple as the glow of the sun reflects on the mammoth rocks throughout the day and evening hours.

6. Palo Duro Canyon 

palo-duroPhoto: Flickr/Roy Luck

Breathtakingly beautiful any time of the year, but definitely cooler in the fall! Grand, majestically imposing red rock canyons form incredible backdrops in the Texas Panhandle. Walk the trails of the canyon and experience the beauty of golden tree leaves along the way. Located near the town of Canyon, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the United States. Hiking, biking, photography, sunsets, and the outdoor play “Texas” should be at the top of your list of things to enjoy.