The Lone Star State isn’t renowned for autumn color, but you still can see the trees’ bright reds, yellows, and purples in some unexpected places.
These eight locations—both popular and lesser-known places—are well worth checking out. Remember that timing is crucial. The first October cold front can start the leaves turning within hours, so check on their status before you make the drive.
1. Daingerfield State Park
Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this park is known as the “Cathedral of the Trees.” Many are pines, but when cooler weather arrives, oaks, maples, and sweetgums start showing their fall colors. A 3.5-mile hiking trail winds around 80-acre Lake Daingerfield, providing lovely views of foliage reflected on the lake waters.
When to go: Leaves may begin to turn as early as mid-October. November is usually the peak time. Check before you go. 903-645-2921; tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/daingerfield.