Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool

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Must see · Water Body · State Park
Lost Maples State Natural Area is a large, pristine area of beautiful hills and canyons on the upper Sabinal River in the Edwards Plateau Region of Texas. It is designated a Natural Area, rather than a State Park, which means the primary focus is the maintenance and protection of the property's natural state. Accordingly, access and recreational activities may be restricted if the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) deems such action necessary to protect the environment.

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  • Such a nice park with good parking and numerous options to hike. We opted for the 1-mile loop off the main parking area. So pretty walking beside the brook and enjoying the autumn colors.  more »
  • I love Lost Maples for its generous amount of primitive camp sites, it’s friendly staff and the northern branch of the west trail that ends in the beautiful pond area. I just spent three nights there....  more »
  • Low key, solid park deep within the Hill Country's landscape. Friendly staff, interesting features and well maintained trails are found here. Large picnic area with trash cans, parking, grills, a pavilion and restroom was very peaceful. The maples are along the river bed, which was mostly dry during July. The rocky bed was enjoyable to hike and suitable for children. The twisting trail, warm sun, low water and maples growing from rocky river bed made for a delightful, relaxing and peaceful visit worth the effort to trek out to the park.
  • Truly one of Texas's Hidden Gems. The drive there alone will have you confused whether you're still in Texas, such beautiful change in landscape. For anyone who truly enjoys the challenge of hiking with changes in elevation this is the place, it's dog friendly with poop bag stations entering just about every trail and plenty of creeks for your dog to cool off if they have a heavy coat like mine does. Once there take the East Trail and just enjoy the scenery at the top.

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