Fall Colors are Coming to the Texas Hill Country!

October 31, 2014

Autumn Colors in the Texas Hill Country are on the way! Each year in mid November, the leaves of the maple, oak, and cypress begin turning from green to red, orange, and gold. If you drive through the rolling hills of this area, you are sure to find colors and scenes that are photo-worthy between every town. Tomorrow is November 1st, and tonight is forecast to be our our coldest evening of the fall so far with lows in the 40s.

If you are interested, here are a few of my favorite drives and locations for fall colors in Texas. I also realized there are so many more areas to check out, so please feel free to leave comments about your favorites, as well. I’m always interested in finding new locations to shoot. In no particular order…

First, the Devil’s backbone – the drive from Wimberley to Blanco along 2325 – gives you some nice views of hillsides that often have a patchwork of orange and red. Stop in Wimberley for pizza at Brewster’s Brewery for lunch and check out the art galleries, as well.

Second, another popular location is Lost Maples State Park near Vanderpool, Texas. This area can become quite crowded on a nice November day. Go during the week if you have the flexibility. If you have to go on the weekend, arrive very early – like for sunrise. If you get there after 9am, you can often find a mile long and hour wait to enter the park. Also, the roads around the park like 337 and 187 have cross some nice creeks. These little streams are often lined with glorious cypress trees that offer oranges and reds that are perfect for capturing holiday images.

Third… If you enjoy quaint towns, check out Gruene, Texas, home to the famous Gruene Hall. The Guadalupe River runs through town and offers wonderful places to check out antique stores or take a stroll along the river bank and enjoy the cypress trees. For lunch or dinner, check out the Grist Mill in New Braunfels. It’s famous for a reason!

Fourth, and a bit closer to my home, one of my favorite locations to capture the colors of the season is Pedernales Falls State Park just about 8 miles from Johnson City. I know just about every curve and bend of the Pedernales River in the river in this area, and that second and third week in November can offer up some great color at sunrise as the sun breaks over the horizon and streams through the cascading cypress trees. If you like to scramble over rocks and get away from crowds, this little Texas state park is just the place for you. You’ll find me out here on several occasions later this month. Besides wildflower season in the spring, this is my favorite time of year!

Below is a photograph of one of my favorite stretches along the Pedernales.

Autumn colors shine in the morning light at Pedernales Falls State Park in mid-November.

Autumn colors shine in the morning light at Pedernales Falls State Park in mid-November.

I know there are so many other great places to visit. These areas I mentioned are just a sprinkling of what is out there.

If you’d like to see more images of these beautiful rolling hills, please see my Hill Country of Texas gallery.

Thanks!

~ Rob

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