If you’re looking to go leaf peeping in Texas, Uvalde and Bandera counties are the places to see the red, orange, and golden hues that arrive in October and early November.
Nature’s dramatic color parade comes alive in Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool, straddling Bandera and Real counties. Ushered by cold fronts that usually arrive in late October, a stand of Uvalde bigtooth maple trees pops with color, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each fall. (The trees’ ancestors survived the Ice Age thanks to the shelter of the Sabinal Canyon.) Note: Day-use reservations are strongly recommended; read on for more details.
But there’s even more to see and do in the breathtaking Hill Country River Region, located about two hours west of San Antonio.