Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool

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Must see · State Park · Water Body
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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  • This park is known for its hiking trails. We hiked the east trail and the east/west trail. It was a hard climb over a steep rocky hill and was 4.6 miles long, but the trail was well marked and easy...  more »
  • Beautiful, quiet park good for birding and hiking. Clean facilities, friendly rangers. We enjoyed the bird blind stocked with bird feeders and hummingbird feeders.  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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