Hello there! Let me get straight to the point – as much as I love life and weather in Austin TX, my inner self needs some fall colors and snow every now and then. I love warm weather and sun, and at this point, I don’t imagine myself coming back to 4 seasons, but sweet childhood memories bring that desire to experience them every year. So, where do you find fall in Texas? Not just any fall, gorgeous red and yellow, fresh crisp air and the view that takes your breath away?
Luckily for me, I don’t have to go too far to have it all. Lost Maples State Natural Area is located about 200 miles away from Austin, so a day in life and a road trip can easily let me welcome fall into my life.
I decided to share with you some important information about the road trip to Lost Maples Natural Area!
Before you go:
– First things first: it takes about 3-4 hours to get to the park so you may want to make sure that the fall colors are there. To do so, just go here to see the fall foliage photos.
– Make sure to take enough food, snacks, and water. The park is really big, and there are no food courts in the area.
– Wear water-resistant and, most importantly, comfortable shoes if you are in the mood of hiking (which I totally recommend).
On the road:
– Take off early. The park opens at 8 a.m. and it closes for the rest of the day when the parking lots are full. They don’t take reservations but may reopen later in the day. I would suggest arriving before 10 a.m. to secure your place in line. We arrived around 11 a.m. and were told that the parking lot reached its full capacity and may reopen at 2 p.m. It may or may not. Some people arrived at 10.15 am and were told the same thing.
– Visit their Facebook Page for the closure updates.
You can always start following Lost Maples State Natural Area on Facebook, and check the updates from time to time. This time I was driving and we lost service somewhere after Fredericksburg, so we were not able to check the updates.
– Updates and Lost signal.
The closest area to have Internet is the gift shop located not far from the park. Most people just spend time there waiting for updates. Luckily for us, we received Facebook notification that park reopened at 12 p.m.
After the trip:
– Visit Lost Maples Winery
If you leave the park early, or you are waiting for it to reopen, I would recommend visiting Lost Maples Winery. I call it “Napa Valley of Texas” because the atmosphere, vineyards and the quality of wine remind me of that California gem. It’s very quiet there, the view is amazing, and they make one of the best Texas wines I have ever tried.
– Grab a bite in Fredericksburg
It’s always nice to have a delicious meal after a day of exploring. As we were driving back on Sunday evening, my husband was in the mood of Germany inspired meal, but most places in Fredericksburg were closed. So, we stopped by “Via 313 Pizza”, and it didn’t disappoint! It’s such a cozy place with delicious pizza, good service and the charm of a small town.
Thanks for stopping by!