For Amazing Fall Foliage, These Texas Sites Named Top Hidden Gems
When it comes to places to see the leaves turn to brilliant hues of red, yellow, and orange, Texas is not usually in the conversation for the best places for viewing this Fall occurrence. Usually, the Rocky Mountain states and those in New England get most of the hype.
Mixbook, a #1 rated photo book brand, carried out a recent survey of 3,000 respondents, asking them which under-the-radar destinations they would most like to visit to see fall foliage this year. The votes were tabulated for these 150 hidden gems, and as you might expect, Texas was not well-represented.
At Least We Got 3 Out of 150
We may not have the Rockies or the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop for the changing tree colors, but we are not without some beautiful fall scenery during October, November, and December.
Here's a look at these three Texas hidden gems that made this list.
Daingerfield State Park, Tops in Texas, #63 Nationally
Away from the bustling city, this lesser-known park unveils a stunning array of reds, oranges, and yellows during autumn amidst its lakes and woodlands. Its off-the-beaten-path appeal, tranquil trails, and unspoiled natural beauty offer a serene escape for nature enthusiasts to witness the vibrant colors of the changing seasons.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, #2 in Texas, #81 Nationally
Away from the popular spots, this tranquil area unveils a breathtaking palette of reds, oranges, and yellows as autumn unfolds. With its secluded allure, rich biodiversity, and pristine landscapes, Lost Maples State Natural Area provides a unique refuge for nature aficionados.
Garner State Park, #3 in Texas, #104 Nationally
Garner State Park is a hidden gem for experiencing fall foliage against the backdrop of the scenic Frio River and rugged hills. The park's mix of cypress and oak trees transform into a vibrant display of red, orange, and gold hues during the autumn months, offering a picturesque contrast against the clear blue waters.
By the way, here are the top ten hidden gems according to Mixbook
#1 Sterling Forest State Park, New York
#2 Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan
#3 Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia
#4 Mount Greylock State Reservation, Massachusetts
#5 Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Maine
#6 High Bridge Trail State Park, Virginia
#7 Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
#8 Beartooth Highway, Montana
#9 Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee
#10 Hope Valley, California
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