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Cooler Fall Weather Brings

Adventures for the Whole Family

Here in the Texas Hill Country, we will start to enjoy cooler weather in November. That offers us the opportunity to get out of the house and away from the office to enjoy all the wonderful things our area has to offer. Being outside during fall weather is invigorating and conducive to exploring new venues and activities. Farmer's markets' vendors will continue to entice us with healthy fruits and vegetables plus a wide variety of other products. In fact, you can find farmer's markets in most towns in the Hill Country. Within short distances we can enjoy nature: in Bexar County, there is Phil Hardberger Park at 13203 Blanco Rd. and Bullis County Park at 27583 Old Blanco Rd. In Comal County, you'll find the Guadalupe River State Park at 3350 Park 31 off State Highway 46 West. And here at home, we can enjoy Boerne City Park & Cibolo Nature Center at 106 City Park Rd., Boerne City Lake Park at 1 City Lake Rd. off of IH-10 north of Boerne, and Joshua Springs Park at 716 FM 289, Comfort. If you're wanting a scenic drive to experience more of the Hill Country, try the locations listed here.

Los Maples State Natural Area 37221 F.M. 187 Vanderpool, TX 78885 - Entrance Fees Adult: $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: Free - Open daily, 8am-4:30pm. - (830) 966-3413. October and November are busy and daily capacity goes fast. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit. Take a hike or a photo, go fishing, look for birds and other wildlife, camp, backpack, stargaze and hunt for geocaches. Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Check our Fall Foliage report.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 - Closes 10pm - Phone: (830) 685-3636 - Dramatic 425-ft. pink granite monolith and wilderness area offering hiking, climbing, camping & more.  Reach a personal best by climbing to the smooth slope to the top to view outstanding views of the surrounding area. Take lots of water!

Graff 7A Ranch -  Hondo is home to South Texas Maize weekends in the Fall. Open Sep 17th – Nov 19th - Saturdays 10am-9pm - Sundays Noon-5pm - Adults (3-64)  $18.50;  Seniors (65+)  $14;  Kids 2 and under free.  All tickets must be purchased online. Weekday hours: Thu 9:30am-2:30pm (starting Oct 20) - Fridays 6-9pm (starting Sep 17) - $10 per person (age 3+) Online ticket purchase required. Kids 2 and under are free.

Just south of downtown San Antonio is San Antonio Riverwalk and Mission Reach, a 16-mile hike and bike trail with an 8-mile paddling trail. The park has 344 acres and connects the Mission Portals (gateways to San Antonio World Heritage Mission Sites) with a connection to Confluence Park and City, County and National Parks. The trails are open from dawn to dusk. Learn about the City's long history. A visit to the five Spanish colonial missions: San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada, is a must-see. You may hike or drive to each of the missions.