PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK, TEXAS
Float the Black Canyon on the Nevada/Arizona state line; embrace fall colors in Iowa’s Woodburn Unit; and wade through Big Cypress Swamp on this section of the Florida Trail.
Patience is a virtue in this Austin-area park, where the cypresses don’t typically turn until mid- to late November. But once the mercury starts to drop this far south, the trees look like sunbursts, says photographer Rob Greebon. The best place to see them is clustered along the river, about a mile downstream from the Pedernales Falls trailhead. Follow the easy path to the shore of the small, tiered cascade, then keep going: Alternate between following a social trail and picking your way over limestone embankments and sandy patches to this quiet area where the tangle of cypress roots spiderweb into the river. Turn around for an easy, 2-mile out-and-back, or continue tracing the water as far as you like. Contact bit.do/pedernales-falls-sp