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PED­ER­NALES FALLS STATE PARK, TEXAS

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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

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