Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool

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Lost Maples State Natural Area is a pristine area of hills and canyons on the upper Sabinal River in the Edwards Plateau of Texas, United States. It is designated a Natural Area, rather than a State Park, and therefore the primary focus is 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.LocationLost Maples State Natural Area is located about 5mi north of Vanderpool, Texas and 71mi west of San Antonio. The preserve sits along the Sabinal River in western Bandera County and far eastern Real County.HistoryThe land for Lost Maples State Natural Area was acquired by the state of Texas in 1973 and 1974, and was opened to the public in 1979. In 1980, the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service made the Natural Area a National Natural Landmark.Man has inhabited this area since prehistoric times. The recorded history of the area, beginning with Spanish explorations in the 17th century, identifies a number of Indian groups, including the Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche as having foraged, hunted, and occasionally lived in this part of the Texas Hill Country.
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  • A great place to hike and enjoy some of the best of nature. We stayed in Boerne so we could drive to a few Texas State Parks one of which was Lost Maples State Park. We were a little early for the...  more »
  • The Lost Maples State park is large and well maintained. There are lots of hiking trails and creeks. The creeks were dry when we were there this October. We also enjoyed the bird watching shed and....  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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