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Trip Planner: USA / Texas / Bandera County / Vanderpool / Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area is a 2,906-acre (1,176 ha) area of 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.Plan your Lost Maples State Natural Area visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vanderpool using our Vanderpool road trip planning site.
Lost Maples State Natural Area reviews
The 4.1-mile loop of East Trail and East-West Trail was one of my favorite hikes of all time. Be advised, however, the ascent and descent were considerably more challenging than the ranger had...
The 4.1-mile loop of East Trail and East-West Trail was one of my favorite hikes of all time. Be advised, however, the ascent and descent were considerably more challenging than the ranger had... more »
Beautiful park with lots of hiking trails. Great year round, especially in late fall, early winter. Great colors on trees. Kool place,great ride and beauty getting there.
Beautiful park with lots of hiking trails. Great year round, especially in late fall, early winter. Great colors on trees. Kool place,great ride and beauty getting there. more »
Spectacular views, well marked trails and nice primitive camping areas. The trees were just starting to show some deep red colors (11/8/22). The rivers are easy to cross and the steep terrain is very steep but it doesn't last long in any part. It is very rocky so take your time and I recommend hiking poles or hiking stick. Bring any water filter to fill up along the rivers, springs and ponds. The east-west trail in my opinion is the best and most picturesque area of the park regarding the maples. I recommend this park to anyone!
What a beautiful place... but before going into that you have to know what you are getting into. Trails are long and have elevation gains that happen quickly. There are some strenuous spots. Bring water, bring snacks. That said... I camped at the Primitive Area B and it was beautiful. From car to camp was 1.52 miles and the views along the way were nice. You can stop and Day Use Area C and enjoy the river and bluff. Once you move on from there it's .55 miles up and to the sites, which are first come first serve. Amazing views up top and it's mostly flat which is a nice break after the climb. About 6 or 7 great trails to explore... so I'll be back!
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