By Amy Taylor @aavtaylor
After enduring triple-digit temperatures, Fall is quite the redemption story delivering cool breezes, crisp air, and the timely return of warm drinks. It is fall in Marble Falls, and that is something to write home about.
Thousands of pumpkins take center stage for the Harvest of Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm. This is the quintessential fall extravaganza that draws crowds from near and far with activities for all ages and stages. Spread out over 60 acres, patrons embark on the traditional hayride, pick vibrant wildflowers, and stroll among the unassuming fall gourds. Doubling down on the fall theme, there is a Texas-shaped maze to tackle and an opportunity to stuff a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, ride a pony or a barrel train, and jump on the Berry Bounce House. This is a picture-perfect experience so be sure to bring a camera to capture all the fun.
With nearly seven miles of trails, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is a phenomenal choice to spend an autumn day in the great outdoors. Spend the day capturing unique views of the valley below while hiking through the accessible terrain. The Doeskin Ranch Unit has over five miles of hiking trails open year-round from sunrise to sunset through the prairie, woodland forest, and alongside clear creeks. The Rimrock Trail is a strenuous 2.2-mile hike but rewards the journey with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country. The Shin Oak Observation Deck is set in an ideal habitat for the black-capped vireo, providing the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the endangered bird.
A universal trademark of the fall season is fall décor, so look no further than Birdie’s, ReDid, and One Swanky Shop to bring those fall touches to any doorstep. Balance out the pumpkins with a rustic side table from Birdies, an inspirational canvas from ReDid, or a colorful kitchen accent from One Swanky Shop. Each shop has a unique take on the look of Autumn and is worth the browse.
Capitalize on the ideal weather with a hike on Spider Mountain. Located on the banks of Lake Buchanan, this is Texas’ first and only lift-served mountain bike park.
Not a bike person? Ride the chair lift to the top of the mountain and then hike down to take in the hill country views of the fall foliage across the Texas hill country. Love adventure in any form? From the top, there are nine trails to choose from ranging from beginner to expert. The trails accommodate off-road biking for a more fast-paced adventure.
One of the celebrated highlights about the Highland Lakes area is the constant proximity to the tranquility of water. Whether by paddleboat, scuba diving, snorkel, canoe, or kayak, Inks Lake State Park boasts sparkling water that begs enjoyment. Equipment is available to rent at the Park Store, so head out to Burnet and enjoy that lake life in your preferred mode of transportation.
When the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing, roll up the blanket, pack the picnic basket and head out to Johnson Park to picnic under the oak trees. The ultimate fresh-air escape, a casual park picnic provides the perfect respite. Bring a frisbee, soccer ball or playing cards and make a whole day of it with some friendly competition.
Fall is for the pumpkins and Numinous Coffee Roasters serves up an incredibly scrumptious pumpkin scone. Start the day with a moment of gratitude by employing pumpkin in its optimal form: fluffy, dense, and delicious. Best enjoyed on the outdoor patio with a good book or the Sunday paper.
What is fall without a Pumpkin Spice Latte? Head to Kynda Coffee for a picturesque cup worthy of any Instagram post made with homemade whip cream. With their trendy decor, it’s worth spending some time sitting inside and enjoying some live music.
There is nothing better than seeing the reflections of the fall leaves on calm water, and what better way to enjoy a great view than eating some warm carrot cake. River City Grille nestled on the banks of Lake Marble Falls is ideal for Hill Country sunsets and their famous carrot cake, drizzled with their homemade frosting. Writing about it is already making our mouth water.
From adventures in the great outdoors to baked goods there is something for everyone to enjoy during the fall in the Texas Hill Country.