Chasing a Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas

Chasing a Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas - Two Worlds Treasures

You might think I’m crazy, but dramatic fall scene in Texas is rare. It’s hard to predict when the leaves would change color. Most of the times the wind would blow them all down even before they got to change color completely. So, when Backpacker magazine November edition arrived in the mail box and one of the month’s top trips and picks was a hike in Pedernales Falls State Park with a dramatic view of fall season, I instantly told my husband that we must go there. Besides, it is said the cypresses along the riverbanks don’t typically turn until mid- to late November. That’s during Thanksgiving Break. Moreover, it’s a pet friendly park. Perfect!

Chasing a Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas

When we got to Pedernales Falls State Park on the first day of Thanksgiving Break, I realized I forgot to bring the magazine. And, my cell provider didn’t work well so I couldn’t google the image. All I remember it was along the riverbanks and 2 miles round trip with following the trail and making your own path here and there. Hah!

So, we drove all the way to the end, to Pedernales Falls Trailhead. This is the part where you can see the intriguing potholes. Our son wanted to go there but my husband told him that mommy wanted to see this dramatic fall scene in Texas that she didn’t even know where it located. Haha…

I have to tell you that this was also our 6-month-old puppy first hiking trip. He was excited to be out in the nature. He walked at the front with his boy and turned his head to us every now and then. I didn’t know whether he wanted to make sure we were safe, or he needed an assurance that mommy and daddy were still there. He-he.

After hiking for about half an hour, we still haven’t seen any sign of the dramatic fall scene in Texas like the one from the magazine. The river still looked wide and open, no groups of cypress trees along the riverbank. Then we decided to turn around.

Pedernales Falls SP - Chasing a Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas - Two Worlds Treasures


Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas: Where Are You?

Then we drove back toward the headquarter and made a turn at every side road in our mission to find the dramatic fall scene in Texas. We turned to Youth Camping Area, but we didn’t even see the river or any trails that led to the riverbank. Next was the swimming area but it was closed and no sign of trails, too. Finally, we turned to a campsite where there was a Twin Falls Nature Trail. I thought, if it’s not there, at least we got to see the Twin Falls. The problem was, there’s a sign of no parking though there’s a site for 4 to 5 cars to park. Now what? Knowing me, my husband decided to stay in the car with the puppy, in case the ranger came around.

The Twin Falls Nature Trail wasn’t long. It’s only .47 mi and marked with moderate difficulty though we found it easy and enjoyable. Not too far from the starting point, there was a nature bridge across the trail. I asked my son to stand on the highest point and snapped his pictures. When it’s my turn, I felt unease. It’s only around 10 feet from my point of view, but I didn’t know what happened to me that day, I didn’t feel confidence to stand at the highest point. So, I just stood at the side and stretched my right leg to the middle. “Are you a scaredy-cat, mommy?” asked my son. Haha!

We saw lots of interesting nature arts here, like wooden arches, armadillo, and green ladybug. The Twin Falls itself wasn’t interesting though in the park’s trails map it’s said as one of the most beautiful spot in Hill Country. Probably because the water volume was low.

On the way back to the car, I told my son that we needed to turn to the offshoot trail. I saw the riverbank with group of cypress trees that from above might had the dramatic fall scene in Texas like the one in the Backpacker magazine.


And aren’t we lucky?

Though the wind already blew most of the leaves by the time we got there, I still called myself lucky to see this view.


Chasing a Dramatic Fall Scene in Texas - Two Worlds Treasures


When we arrived home, I checked the magazine again. It turned out the location of the image was along Pedernales Falls Trailhead, the first trail we took. If we just hiked further. But that’s okay. I think I got what I wanted to see.


Location: Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas. Take Twin Falls Nature Trail and turn to offshoot trail. Or, starts from Trammell’s Crossing Trail and then you will see the cypresses right before you cross the river.

Address: 2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636 (central Texas/Texas Hill Country).

Visited: Monday, November 20th, 2017.



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  1. April says:

    That view was totally worth it! Great pictures! It looks like the entire family (puppy included) had a great time. I love following all of your adventures! Your family goes to some of the neatest places.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Thank you, April! We like exploring Texas and let people know about it, especially to my fellow North Texan. They don’t really know about it. Texas is more than San Antonio or Austin.

  2. Michelle says:

    Sounds like a good family adventure, even if you didn’t see what was in the magazine!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      That’s what count more, right?

  3. Laura says:

    Texas looks great in these photos, what an amazing outdoor adventure.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Thank you!

  4. Leah says:

    This looks like a great place to hike to on a pretty day.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      It is. It’s really hot in the summer so we won’t do it though there are people don’t mind at all.

  5. Even if you only got a bit of autumn, you saw some cool stuff. Autumn was like that here in Kyiv this year – the leaves started to change colour, then it started raining and all the leaves got washed off the trees!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I couldn’t agree more with you. Still some cool stuff in the woods.

  6. Ania Travels says:

    Those all look like crazy trees, I would love to go hiking there. Totally love that you can bring your pets too!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Yeah, don’t you like those tangled roots?

  7. Swayam says:

    Beautiful photos indeed. Maybe you can increase their sizes to dramatize the impact

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Thank you for the input. I’ll keep it in mind for my next ones.

  8. maegan says:

    OMGOSH! your sweet baby pup! Looks like ya’ll had a blast. It rarely changes colors in Florida either!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      We did have a blast, including the puppy!

  9. Hi, Umiko! This is an amazing post! I had so much fun reading it. It`s not such a shame you didn`t find exactly what you`ve been searching for, you still got to enjoy a great day of hiking, right? I was wondering, what is your favorite time of year for hiking?

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Nigel, I’m glad you enjoyed reading my post. Living in Texas, the best time of year for hiking to me is Spring, Fall, and even Winter. Summer is just too hot for me. I can’t stand the Texas heat. If I have to do it, I will do it early in the morning before the temperature rises to upper 80s.

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