It's officially leaf-peeping season. Thanks to the biological wonder that is chlorophyll degredation, the Texas landscape is aflame with color. Since these autumnal displays are nature's warning that it's about to get real cold ("cold" being a relative term here in Texas), now's the time to go exploring.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, near Vanderpool, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, in far West Texas, are two of the season's star destinations, but don't overlook the Panhandle's cottonwoods (Caprock Canyon State Park's a good spot) or East Texas's oaks and sweetgums (try Athens' 55-mile fall foliage driving trail or Daingerfield State Park).
Here, a few good-looking Instagram photos from around the state to inspire your next Texas road trip.
Martin Dies Jr. State Park, in Jasper: