Best fall photo spots near Austin

Best fall photo spots near Austin

21st Sep 2018

Looking for the perfect places to shoot portraits or blazing landscapes this fall? Look no further! We have complied the definitive list of places to capture the spirit of Autumn near our beloved ATX.

Note: Timing is everything where fall colors are concerned. Each of these areas could be at full color at the same time, or they may come into color at separate times. It's best to call ahead to check on the status of the trees if the parks do not provide foliage reports.



Expires November 4, 2018.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Ma­ples State Nat­ural Area cov­ers 2,174 acres in Ban­dera and Real coun­ties and sits north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. It is home to an isolated stand of Uvalde Bigtooth Maples that make the perfect quintessential fall photo! They provide a  Fall Foliage report, so you can keep track of the foliage change and find the optimal time to visit.

Where: 37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Open: Daily

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: $6 or free for children age 12 and under


Guadalupe River State Park

Guadalupe River State Park is located on a section of the Guadalupe River in Kendall and Comal Counties, northwest of Bulverde. The park has 4 miles of river frontage and a 5.3 mile equestrian trail. Colorful trees to look for are the Bald Cypress, Sycamores, and Live Oaks.

Where: 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX 78070

Open: Daily

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: $7 or free for children age 12 and under


Garner State Park

Garner State Park lies in the community of Concan located in Uvalde County, Texas. Here you’ll find magnificent Bald Cypress trees lining the crystal-clear Frio river. High mesas, deep canyons and limestone cliffs fill the terrain. The perfect combination for some breath taking landscape shots!

Where: 234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838

Open: Daily

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: $8 or free for children age 12 and under


Barton Hills Farms

Where: 1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX 78602

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, September 29 to November 4

Admission: $15.95 at gate / $11.95 online / Kids age 2 and under are free


Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm’s mission in October is to provide families with an affordable opportunity to spend time together outside having fun. They have three corn mazes, hay rides and plenty of rustic photo opportunities.

Where: 120 Natures Way, Elgin, TX 78621

Open: Oct. 5 to Oct. 31

Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday from Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $8


Sweet Berry Farm

Sweet Berry Farm offers an opportunity that the other farms don’t — they have firkin' horses you can ride! Which would be a great addition to any photoshoot. They also have a pumpkin patch, hayrides and maze among other family activities including pumpkin painting, train rides and scarecrow stuffing.

Where: 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Open: Sept. 22 to Nov. 4

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday from 11 to 5 p.m.

Admission: Free / Prices vary for each activity - Cash or check only


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