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Fall is in the air, which means it’s almost time to start breaking out sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes (though since it’s still 90 degrees in Texas you may want to make that an iced latte). 

If you ask me, some of the most fun seasonal activities happen during autumn: pumpkin carving, apple picking and cozying up around a bonfire. One of the best parts about fall has to be the leaves changing colors, taking in the splendor. There is just something special about seeing the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows replace the normal green coloring on trees.

While most people think that you have to be up in New England to see the most spectacular views, Texas foliage offers some gorgeous leaf-changing views if you know where to look. Texas woods are filled with oak, maple, mesquite and cypress trees that produce an abundance of colors once those summer temperatures drop.

Luckily, you don’t have to travel far from San Antonio to see the cascading colors, so you can take just a quick day trip or a mini weekend getaway to enjoy the autumn atmosphere. 

The only downside to leaf-peeping in Texas is that you’ll have to wait a little later in the season than most places, you won’t get the full fall foliage colors until late October or November.

Typically, the Hill Country is going to be your best bet for some good leaf-peeping spots. The vast rolling hills and abundance of state parks and natural areas guarantee some spectacular spots and as an added bonus, most places are within an hour or two of San Antonio. 

Guadalupe River State Park is less than 40 miles outside of San Antonio and the 13 miles of hiking and biking trails means you’re sure to be rewarded with some scenic views of the yellow cottonwoods, red sumacs and orange cypress trees along the trails. The best time to go is late October.

If you want a harder hike for a more rewarding view, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers an incredible fall foliage view at the top of its trails. The giant dome that gives the park its namesake means you get a beautiful 360-degree of the kalidescope of colors. 

Stay in town and visit Brackenridge Park for a nice stroll amongst the foliage. The historic park, located just north of downtown is home to the San Antonio River, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Antonio Zoo and more so you have some unique sites to see with the changing leaves. The walking trails take you along the river to get some really nice views.

The other in-town favorites also include Eisenhower Park and McAllister Park on the north side of San Antonio, it is like getting a Hill Country view right here in the city. The parks have multiple walking trails that include wooded dry creek beds and rocky canyons to compliment the changing leaves. And, Eisenhower Park has a lookout tower in the middle of the park to give a birdseye view of the reds, yellows and oranges.

Lost Maples State Natural Area is a Texas-favorite park year-round, but it is also the most well-known place to watch the leaves change. Though it is a bit of a drive—about 100 miles from San Antonio—the picturesque combination of the canyons, Sabinal River and the leaves easily makes the drive worthwhile. Hold off on making the trip though, the best time to see the colors is in the middle of November.

Happy Fall y’all!

Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more details on the parks, areas to visit, or the housing market in the San Antonio area.

Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392

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