The Perfect Fall Road Trip in Texas!

One thing you’ll learn about Texas, if you don’t already know: The Lone Star State is big. We’re talking really big. You can expect to travel about 14 hours driving across the state. That means a perfect fall road trip has to be planned and taken in stride. You’re not going to see the entire state over a weekend, but that just means you’ll have even more time to enjoy the parts you do get to see. Check out our route for a perfect fall road trip below.

1. Enjoy an espresso at Rosella Coffee Company

Rosella Coffee is housed in a gorgeous brick building near the river walk in San Antonio and will set the perfect ambiance for a weekend getaway. Start the day off with a coffee and pastry before jumping in the car to head out to your next destination.

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2. Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns

The Natural Bridge Caverns, just half an hour away from San Antonio, is a fantastic early morning scenic spot. Get your bearings and learn all about the spectacular natural caverns.

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3. Dine at Noble Sandwich Co.

After the caverns, drive an hour north to Austin, Texas. Austin is a food mecca, so anywhere you choose for lunch is likely to deliver fantastic flavor, but Noble Sandwich Co. is one of our favorites. 

4. Get lost along the Walnut Creek Trail

After lunch, take a short drive through Austin to the Walnut Creek Park, where you’ll find the lightly trafficked Walnut Creek Trail. The trail is a 1.5-mile loop offering scenic views. You’ll find the marked trail easy to traverse, so feel free to head off the beaten path to discover your own trails.

5. Drive to the Sonlight Apple Orchard

After your hike, it’s time to get back in the car and drive for around two hours to the Sonlight Apple Orchard in Mason, Texas. The Sonlight Orchard offers pick your own tree ripened apples. Make sure to call or check their website to ensure availability.

6. Visit the Eckert James River Bat Cave

Indulge in the Halloween spirit with a visit to the Eckert James River Bat Cave just south of Mason, Texas. The cave is one of the largest bat nurseries in the country, with over four million bats inhabiting the site from May through September. 

7. Drink at Der Daiwel Bar

Once you’re done at the bat cave, hit the road and head south to Fredericksburg, Texas. Stop in at the rock and roll bar, Der Daiwel, for drinks, food, and live entertainment.

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8. Spend the night at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

Spend the night at Magnolia House, a traditional bed and breakfast. The historic house was built in 1923, the location is quiet and scenic. A two-course breakfast is served in the morning on antique silver and china.

9. Break the fast at Sunset Grill

If you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s a little more laid back (without the need for fine china), then consider the Sunset Grill in town. Try one of their signature breakfast dishes, all served with home style potatoes.

10. Stroll (or drive) through Lost Maples State Natural Area

Take a morning drive from Fredericksburg to the Lost Maples State Natural Area. As your last stop on this road trip before heading home, we encourage you to take your time perusing the natural area. Enjoy the dazzling fall foliage, wildflowers, and scenic Sabinal River. 

Some more sunshine will be on the horizon soon! Make plans for it with your favorite hiking buddy. 😊 : @catalina.lopez_

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