Fall in the Texas Hill Country
Leah Walker September 29, 2013

Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. I adore the crispness in the air, the falling of the acorns, turning of the leaves, and the fact that everything is flavored with pumpkin. The place that I love visiting most during autumn is Marble Falls, a small town just thirty miles west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.

Hay Field Marble Falls Texas

Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country

Once the sultry heat subsides, the rolling landscape of green cedar becomes brown and the deer come out. Waking up early at my family’s country house just north of Marble Falls is the best. Looking out the windows to see if the deer are grazing is the first thing I do each morning. Watching them from the front or back porch with a cup of coffee is the wonderful start to my day. I’ve seen as many as fifteen of them casually enjoying breakfast, that is until a potential threat is spotted, and they gracefully sprint over the barbed wire fence into the safety of the ranch bush.

Central Texas Pasture

Marble Falls Rail Road Tracks

Very close to the house is Sweet Berry Farm. In the spring and summers, the farm is bursting with strawberries. Folks from near and far come to pick their own right off the vine. But in the fall, the farm is overflowing with a vast variety of pumpkins and gourds. There’s a corn maze, hay rides, and other family-friendly activities.

Just this weekend on my way into town for coffee, I stopped at the farm before it was even open. The skies were grey and the earth was damp from night showers. I walked around the empty farm for about ten minutes and snapped these shots. Later that Saturday morning, the parking lot was filled with families out to pick their own pumpkins.

I quite liked having the place all to myself.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.

21 Comments

    1. I haven’t really given much thought to the rest of the world and their celebration of fall. I figured everyone had some sort of harvest celebration.

  1. DID YOU KNOW that france doesn’t really “DO” pumpkins? this is what i’m told. they only sell them at markets for cooking, so they’re these wimpy little things. i don’t even want to talk about it.

    thanks for your pictures, they’re at least filling some of the void. sigh.

    1. That is appalling. I suggest you pack up and move back to the United States this minute. If France didn’t have such great cheese, wine, and bread, I’d boycott the country this minute.

  2. My first visit to a pumpkin patch was a few weeks after I moved to the US. I don’t do it every year, but your post makes me look forward to it this October. There’s just something fun and comforting about those places, especially on a sunny day. Lovely photos too, Leah!

  3. It’s so pretty! I’d never thought of Texas as having much of a Fall – I guess because the parts I visited when I lived in New Orleans were all along the Gulf Coast, and had the same lack of real seasonal change. I really missed seeing pumpkin fields.

  4. I love your awesome pictures! Thank you for sharing! If you are ever back in the Texas Hill Country then stop by Big Sky Ranch in Wimberley.. we still have some beautiful land for sale in the tx hill country.

    1. I’m just down the road in Marble Falls now. I’d love to revisit Wimberley. I’m sure it’s changed a lot since my last visit.

  5. I love the photos! I’d have to say that autumn is my favourite season, also! Living in Sydney, we also get hot and humid summers. Texas is, sadly, a state I have not really seen. The best I’ve done is simply drive through the top part, along the I-40. I love rural areas, but don’t often venture out there.

    As a side note, Australia doesn’t really do pumpkins, either. I love that about America – pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup!

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