It’s fall in Texas and the cooler weather has finally arrived. Folks are trading out their warm-weather wear for sweaters, hoodies, scarves and jackets; getting ready for fun fall festivities; and enjoying the seasonal goodies and scents that appear this time of year. For many, fall is their favorite time of year. But whether it’s your favorite season or you are not the biggest fan of cooler air, Texas weather can be relied upon to give us a range of comfortable weather for all to enjoy. So get out there when the weather is right for you and take a stroll this month. Here’s a few places across the state to enjoy:
- Austin. Upper Boggy Creek Greenbelt has a recently completed a 14-foot-wide paved hike and bike trail (part of the EastLink project) that runs alongside the Sustainable Food Center’s Teaching Garden and the St. David’s Foundation Community Garden.
- Caprock. The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum offers a 1.18 mile trail within the sanctuary of their various plantings that is accessible to everyone. They also offer a wide variety of activities, events, tours, and classes for people of all ages and interests.
- Coastal Bend. Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture is a 1,217 acer nature preserve set aside to conserve the native plants, birds, and wildlife of Mustang Island. The Preserve has miles of ADA accessible hiking trails, and observation decks to enjoy the wildlife of the area.
- Houston. Nature Center without Walls or the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is an 80-acre property featuring Marshall Lake which spans approximately 40 acres. 1.7 miles of paved trails exist to be explored.
- North Texas. River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre natural oasis that follows the curves of the Trinity River in North Arlington. You can enjoy more than 8 miles of paved trails for hiking, and a Living Science Center with nature trails.
- Pineywoods. Big Thicket National Preserve protects 112,250 acres of land and water spread over 7 counties in southeast Texas. Big Thicket has approximately 40 miles of hiking trails to visit.
- Rio Grande Valley. Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,088 acre parcel of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Though small in size, Santa Ana offers visitors an opportunity to see birds, butterflies and many other species not found anywhere else in the United States beyond deep South Texas. It has more than 14 miles of trails and you can take an open-air tram ride or join a guided nature walk.
- San Antonio. The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System (Greenway) is a growing network of approximately 69 miles of developed multi-use and accessible trails forming a ring around the city that aligns with the creek ways (Medina River Greenway Leon Creek Greenway Salado Creek Greenway). There are over 40 major trailheads and neighborhood connections to access the trail system around the city.
Visit NatureRocksTexas.org to find more places for you and your family to take a walk this November and connect with nature near you.