Six Nearby Austin Spots To Go Camping This Fall

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There is nothing quite like a Texas fall. The crisp, dry air allows us to fully embrace the outdoors and nature. If you’re in need of a little reset, why not hit the backcountry and go camping? Austin Monthly Magazine shares six spots to explore this fall.

Lost Maples State Nature Area

You don’t need to leave Texas to see fall foliage. Here, bigtooth maple trees turn vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow in mid-October.

Vanderpool (156 miles from Austin)

Lake Bastrop North Shore Park

After a day of hiking and fishing, stay in one of five air-conditioned Airstreams, which have
a kitchen and bathroom with a shower.

Bastrop (40 miles from Austin)

Pedernales Falls State Park

From a 6-mile trek on Wolf Mountain Trail to a half-mile walk on Twin Falls Nature Trail, this state park is an ideal place to go hiking.

Johnson City (42 miles from Austin)

Lockhart State Park


Look for birds like red-bellied woodpeckers and ruby-crowned kinglets, then tee off at the park’s nine-hole golf course, which opened in 1938.

Lockhart (37 miles from Austin)

Garner State Park

Cool off with a float in the chilly waters of the Frio River. In addition to camping sites, the park
also offers screened shelters and cabins for overnight stays.

Concan (170 miles from Austin)

Colorado Bend State Park

Popular for its guided wild cave tours (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19), the park also has great mountain biking paths.

Bend (99 miles from Austin)

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