Autumn in Texas is short and sweet, but there is still plenty of things to do in the fall. From camping, hunting, and exploring the great outdoors to great a German Beer Fest, RV travel in Texas has plenty of activities for you this fall.
Fall is the Best Time to RV in Texas
The summers in the Lone Star State can be long and unbearably hot, so the best time to go camping and hiking is in the cooler months of autumn.
With two national parks and dozens of Texas state parks, there’s plenty of great places to go camping.
In fact, some of the best Texas state parks for fall color are Dinosaur Valley State Park, Daingerfield State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Lost Maples Natural Area and Tyler State Park.
Eighty miles west of Dallas, this state park covers more than 1,524-acres. As you may have guessed, Dinosaur Valley State Park is famous for its dinosaur tracks.
However, there is a lot more to do in Dinosaur Valley besides hunt for dinosaur tracks; the park has nature trails that are great for both hiking and biking. Horses are also welcome at the 100-acre South Primitive Area.
Magnificent trees turn amber, gold, and deep orange in the northeast corner of Texas. Explore the wildlife in the East Texas Pineywoods, or paddle around the tranquil, 80-acre Little Pine Lake. There are back-in and pull-thru full-hookup RV sites, so your visit to this rustic and tranquil corner of the Lone Star State will be very comfortable.
Escape Austin into the Texas Hill Country at McKinney State Park. Just 13-miles from the state capital, McKinney seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Austin.
The park gets its name from Onion Creek splashing over the dramatic limestone ledges, into deep pools, perfect for swimming. Best of all, there are 80 campsites, so you can spend the weekend here, taking in the beauty of the changing, fall leaves.
Two hours northwest of San Antonio, you’ll find a rare stand of Uvalde Bigtooth Maple trees. While the area is renowned for its show of fall color, visit any time to admire the steep canyon walls, abundant wildflowers, and the beautiful Sabinal River. For RVers, there are 30 campsites with electric and water.
Near Tyler, TX, you’ll find a cool, 64-acre spring-fed lake and massive, old-growth trees that turn color every fall. You can fish in the lake, without a license, or simply relax and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. For RVers, there are 18 campsites, some with full hookups.
October is the best time of year to visit Texas’ favorite wilderness park, Big Bend National Park. This wilderness area is remote, and perfect when you really want to get away from the big city. Big Bend abounds with native wildlife and jaw-dropping views of the Chisos Mountains.
Hunting Season in Texas
For many in the Lone Star State, fall means hunting season. Dove hunting season begins as early as September, but deer hunting season usually doesn’t begin until November.
Even many Texans don’t know this, but Texas has the largest white-tailed deer population in the United States. That makes deer hunting in Texas easy. Make sure to get your license early and hunt responsibly.
Octoberfest in Texas
Early in Texas history, many German immigrants flooded into Texas. The first waves of German settlers came in 1831, when Johann Friedrich Ernst, from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, was granted more than 4,000 acres in Texas.
So it’s not surprising that Oktoberfest is a big celebration in the areas where the German immigrants settled. The Wurstfest in New Braunfels is a very popular Oktoberfest in the Lone Star State. Established during the 1840s, New Braunfels began when hundreds of German immigrants arrived by sea in Galveston. The Wurstfest is an incredible festival complete with German sausage and strudel, polka music, dances, and of course, German beer.
Luckily for RVers, there are RV campgrounds around New Braunfels, such as on the nearby San Marcos River. It’s a great opportunity to not only enjoy the Wurstfest, but also to relax and enjoy the cool, autumn air along the river.
Texas Renaissance Festival
Don your best Renaissance dress, and time-travel back to the 16th century at the largest Ren Faire in the country.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is held for six full weeks from September through November, on 55-acres in Todd Mission, Texas. Todd Mission is around 55 miles northwest of Houston in Grimes County.
The 6-week long festival features hundreds of performers, 25 stages, and more than 350 booths filled with handcrafted Renaissance dress, swords, giant turkey legs, and a lot more.
The good news for Ren Faire RVers is, the faire has a 200-acre meadow available for dry camping. The Fields of New Market Campground has potable water, a dump station, 24-hour security, two convenience stores, and food trucks. At night, there are communal bonfires and performances. Be sure to reserve your spot, they go fast.