She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.
While the chillier air may send you to the comfort of a cabin or RV, there are still plenty of ways to make the most of the season. The Big Thicket area in Southeast Texas is home to a wide array of plants and animals.
Ecosystems collide in the Big Thicket as cacti grow alongside cypress trees and the long leaf pine forest. Ask anyone about Big Bend Ranch State Park, and you’re likely to hear about its wonderful hiking, backpacking, nearly 240 miles of trails, and the solitude it affords visitors.
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park “protects the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef, the four highest peaks in Texas, an environmentally diverse collection for flora and fauna,” and so much more. The mountain temperatures can dip to 30 degrees or lower, and have high winds that can reach up to 70 miles per hour.
Luckily, visitors can find dinosaur tracks throughout the site near the river, even during the winter (so long as it isn’t too wet). According to the official government website, “Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round.” With over 200 campsites to choose from and 22 cabins, this is a popular destination for campers of all ages.
Here, enjoy a wide range of outdoor adventures while marveling at the surrounding scenery. The main attraction in this park declared in 1930, is Longhorn Cavern, a cave beneath the surface of the ground formed through a natural rock formation.
Since it’d be a shame to go here without exploring the cavern, we suggest you join their paid guided tours, so you can experience the underground adventure and learn the history of it. While here, make sure to take some time to walk on their natural trails or read about the organization that created the park, the Civilian Conservation Corps.
A river frontage that runs for as long as four miles (6 km), is the main highlight of the park. Some exercising activities that we recommend here include swimming, fishing, canoeing, and tubing.
However, even if you’re not a water-sports fan, you can still enjoy this park as there’s a 5.3-mile (8.5 kilometers) trail for horse riding, mountain biking, and hiking. If you feel like one day in this park isn’t enough, book a room at Hampton Inn By Hilton Valverde.
Sitting in roughly 7,000 acres (28 km²) of forested land and narrow rivers, Village Creek State Park offers an immersive nature-experience like nowhere else. In addition to the 33 miles (53 kilometers) of multi-use trails, the park also has 10 cabins, two lakes, outdoor and indoor theaters, and more.
We recommend you visit at the beginning of November when the trees in the park undergo their annual leaves turning color. Located some kilometers away from west of Fort Worth, the park is a quiet paradise nestled on a forested plain.
Borrow the equipment needed for exploring the dunes such as sand sleds and snowboards at the park’s headquarters. Its gigantic pink-colored granite mound attracted many tourists for many years.
If you plan your visit during the weekend, we recommend you purchase their entry tickets prior to your arrival. After you’ve climbed or hiked the hills, plenty of other activities such as bird watching, stargazing, and picnics keep visitors entertained.
The park includes a number of buildings of historical significance, with one of them being the farmhouse of Texas final president, Anson Jones. Along the Brazos River, picnic areas provide a peaceful place for a meal.
Once you’re done exploring the park, don’t forget to visit the visitor center and pick some merchandise and read a bit of Texas history. With a history dating back 25 centuries, Mustang Island is surely a state park with an interesting background.
The state park makes a great spot for sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and biking. These include the Chihuahuan Desert, the Tamaulipas Mesquita bioregion, and the Edwards Plateau.
This place also makes for the perfect getaway from the stress of modern life due to the remote location. Plenty of hiking trails, well-equipped facilities, pristine river, and scenic sights are just some reasons why people of all ages and especially families love this park.
The geological landscape of the park was mainly composed of a mix of sandstones and limestones dating back to roughly 113 million years ago. Encompassing area over 1,500 acres (6 km²), the park offers plenty of outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.
Standing tall on the south of Pale Duo Canyon State Parks are the breathtaking red sandstone cliffs known as Cap rock Escarpment. Actually, it’s also home to a number of unique animals such as North American camels and the Devastate Bison Herd.
If you feel like burning up some calories, walk the 90 miles (145 kilometers) of trails, while gazing at the gorgeous panorama of the infamous Staked Plains topography. No wonder Pale Duo State Park often makes it to the list of the most popular destinations for biking and climbing in the USA.
As a family who loves to camp, fall and winter are our favorite seasons to head into the great outdoors and pitch our tent at some of the most beautiful places in Texas. So when the calendar opens up for the fall and winter months, I quickly pencil in a few weekends for us to pack up and find our zen at our favorite Texas camping sites.
By this time of year, the mosquitoes have evaporated, the fire serves us heat, and the weather is actually quite gorgeous. If you’re a regular camper in the Lone Star State (or you imagine becoming one), we recommend purchasing a Devastate Park Pass.
Head for the hills to enjoy a few nights camping in this beautiful mountainous area of West Texas. With gentle mountains that undulate and are lined with green shrubbery and trees, this area of Texas is a welcoming change from the hustle and bustle of city living.
In a state whose flora doesn’t exhibit the same transformation of color like other states do, this park is truly phenomenal. Like a mirage emerging from the craggy hills of Central Texas, Lost Maples is home to a special stand of Value big tooth maples. A gorgeously colored landscape of dramatic formations that rise and fall from the Earth, Pale Duo places you in the center of what feels like a wild west movie.
Cook your meals in the outdoor kitchen and dining area as a way to meet fellow campers, or head to the hammock grove to enjoy a respite in this sleepy, one-stoplight town. While El Cosmic isn’t the total solitude offered by your typical state park, it’s a rarity to find a cultural blip on the map like this, where you can camp within town limits, rent bikes to help you tour the city, and then visit a nearby world-renowned, minimalist art hub.
Over 112,000 acres in size and more than 40 miles of lush trails wind their way through the protected and heavily forested Big Thicket area in Southeast Texas. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.