Camping in Texas this fall? Now’s the time to make those reservations

The crunch of leaves underfoot. The sizzle of hot dogs roasting over a campfire. The warmth of a toasty sleeping bag on a crisp fall night.

If you’re craving a fall camping experience, now’s the time to make those reservations.

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Big Rock across Moss Lake at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area west of Austin. credit: Statesman file photo

At Lost Maples State Natural Area, arguably the best place to see the leaves change in Texas, weekend campsites in the prime months of October and November are booking up, but there are plenty of weekday sites available. You can also book a campsite at another state park near Lost Maples, such as Garner State Park, which currently has plenty of October and November weekend availability, then visit Lost Maples to see the fall colors for the day. Just be sure you arrive early at Lost Maples — the park sometimes closes temporarily when parking lots get full.

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Changing leaves at Lost Maples State Park delight fall visitors. credit: Statesman file photo

Excellent camping options close to Austin include Pedernales Falls State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Colorado Bend State Park. Perhaps my favorite close-to-home option is McKinney Falls State Park, located a mere 20 minutes from downtown.

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Sarah Greer and her daughter, Jaden, 11, explore along the rim of the lower falls at McKinney Falls State Park during a guided hike in 2015. credit: Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman

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There are also options at LCRA parks as well as national park properties including Big Bend National Park and Padre Island National Seashore.


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