Ten Unforgettable Fall Getaways from Austin

Do cooler temperatures have you dreaming of ways to spend more time outside? Here are 10 ideas to get you out of town and exploring the best of fall in Central Texas.


Fall drive; Pixabay, Creative Commons licensed

1. Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park boasts 7.5 miles of hiking trails, a sparkling lake, nearly 200 campsites, and a variety of ranger-led programs. Just 10 minutes down the road from Inks Lake, you can experience one of a variety of cavern tours at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

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Inks Lake; photo by Holp Photography

2. Sweet Berry Farms

If you thought Sweet Berry Farm was only open for spring berry picking, you’ve been missing out on some serious fun. Fall at Sweet Berry Farm features scarecrow stuffing, hay rides, mazes, pumpkin painting, a barrel train, homemade ice cream, and more. September 23 – November 5, 2017; closed Wednesdays.

Sweet Berry Farm Austin Marble Falls

Sweet Berry Farm; photo via Facebook


3. Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-Off

Cowboys, chuck wagons, and a rodeo. Oh, my! The Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-off brings together a group of chuck wagon enthusiasts on the banks of the Llano River to go back in time to an era when the west was being settled. These enthusiasts use traditional cooking methods from that era, wear traditional dress, and experience traditional neighborly fun as they compete for prizes in a number of categories. The same weekend will feature the Texas State Title Cobbler Contest and PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding. October 19-21, 2017.

Wild West Weekend in Llano

Wild West Weekend in Llano; photo credit


4. Colorado Bend State Park

A 60-foot high waterfall awaits visitors to Colorado Bend State Park. The park also offers kayak rentals, 32 miles of multi-use trails, and guided spelunking adventures through the park’s cave system (registration required). Don’t forget to check out a Junior Ranger backpack for the kids.

Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park; Photo by Holp Photography

Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park; photo by Holp Photography


5. Wimberley

Fall’s cooler temperatures may mark the end of swimming season, but the smaller crowds at Blue Hole Regional Park and Jacob’s Well Natural Area mean you’ll have plenty of room to hike and explore the breathtaking natural scenery. Plan your visit for the first Saturday of the month and you can catch the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country, Wimberley Market Days, while you’re in town.

Wimberley Market Days; photo via Facebook

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