The Underrated Southern State Park That Absolutely Thrives In The Fall

Texas is known for its beautiful, open skies, vast stretches of prairie, plethora of farms, delectable barbecue, and deep love for its college and professional football teams. With the high temperatures brought on by its beaming sun, it's not necessarily the place you think of visiting for an autumn trip full of incredible fall colors. Yet, it's just that: a beautiful southern destination for witnessing the vivid changing foliage.

Daingerfield State Park is just the spot to do this. Its giant trees — some reaching around 100 feet — make for a spectacular fall sight. In addition to looking through the branches and admiring their vibrant leaves, you can take advantage of the park's many outdoor activities. "We were looking for areas in Texas with colorful fall foliage. This State Park did not disappoint," a reviewer wrote on Tripadvisor. Next time you find yourself down south in autumn, venture out to this lovely state park. You'll find beauty and fun within its bounds and make fond memories while taking it all in.

Activities and wildlife

Hiking is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the sights of fall. While small, Daingerfield State Park is still worth the visit. The 3 miles of hiking trails are short and sweet and truly lovely. You'll trek around the 80-acre lake and have the opportunity for birdwatching and wildlife sightings. Cuckoos, kingfishers, ducks, songbirds, and a wide variety of other winged creatures can be seen fluttering throughout the park. Opossums, armadillos, beavers, and other animals make their home within the park, meaning you might encounter some on your adventure.

In addition to wildlife on the land, there's plenty of life in the lake's water. You can seek it out via fishing. Reel in species like catfish, bass, and more. You can also spend time on top of the water via boat. Rent a kayak or paddle board, or cruise along the waves in a motor boat. Whatever way you decide to view the foliage, you likely won't be disappointed in the grand scenery.

Staying overnight at Daingerfield State Park

Camping is an excellent option for those who want to spend even more time outside, under the canopy of colorful trees. You can choose from tent sites and full hookup RV sites. Rates are $10 per night for water hookup campsites, $20 per night for full hookup, back-in RV sites, and $25 per night for full hookup, pull-through RV sites. You can also rent a cabin if you want something less rustic. Rates start at $85 a night for cabins that rest four people — although, for more, you can rent a lodge that sleeps up to 15. While they're not luxury cabins, they have plenty of modern amenities. They each offer full kitchens, the convenience of AC and heat, electricity, showers, and more.

Entrance to the park is $4 for everyone over 12; those younger get in for free. The park is open year-round, but fall is a wonderful time to visit. Next time autumn rolls around, and you're looking for a spot to witness nature and all its vibrant beauty, Daingerfield State Park is the perfect place for a beautiful fall getaway. Stay for an afternoon or a weekend and delight in the season's sights.