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Lost Maples State Natural Area

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Address: 37221 Fm 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885-8510
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+1 830-966-3413

An excellent park to view fall foliage while walking the Maple and East...

An excellent park to view fall foliage while walking the Maple and East Trails.

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Stop at the headquarters and pay your $6 per person. You will get a pass to put on your car and there are officers that patrol the parking area and make sure you have paid the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
toya h
Rocksprings, Texas
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Rocksprings, Texas
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101 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stop at the headquarters and pay your $6 per person. You will get a pass to put on your car and there are officers that patrol the parking area and make sure you have paid the entrance fee. There are 3 restrooms with running water before the trails and three composting toilet throughout the trails near the campsites. The trails... More 

Thank toya h
Belton, Texas
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124 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can only review the RV/trailer area. We got there at 3:00pm after a long drive. To hike the trails you have to drive further up and walk in. We stayed one night in the camp area. Fairly well maintained. Nice grassy areas. Covered picnic tables. Back in sites. Easy access to bathrooms. Bathrooms well lit but not much ventilation.... More 

Thank Siobhan L
Corpus Christi, Texas
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here with my 6 year old and my mom in April. We did the East trail hike. Beautiful scenery. It was a little difficult once we hit the steep of the hike, climbing mostly up giant rocks but my son didn't it without complaint. We did have to walk through a few rivers, none we're higher than my... More 

Thank sharnirose22
Boston, MA
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207 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

As birders, we visited Lost Maples SNA for it's population of endangered Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers. We were not disappointed! But even after we saw them, we returned a second day to further enjoy the beautiful river, creeks and limestone cliffs. On both days we encountered very few people although I expect during the fall "color" season the park... More 

1 Thank lizlubee
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

For years we have had our friends rave about Lost Maples. They would go on and on about the beauty and majesty. So, for my wife's birthday we decided to slip away from busy city life and take a few days among the beautiful maple trees. Our trip was at the end of October, we knew that it was borderline... More 

Thank Wes F
Dallas, TX
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141 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a small, secluded park with excellent hiking trails. Many trails are moderate to challenging. It was sparsely occupied while we were there.

Thank Kimberly Z
Kerrville, Texas
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58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Today I ended up at Lost Maples , a short 50 mile drive from Kerrville, TX. Basically this was a recon trip to learn the route and determine driving time which was about an hour and a half to my destination (I was checking roadsides for wildflowers). Highway 39 from Ingram to Hwy 187 south is narrow and winding with... More 

Thank Bill M
New Braunfels, Texas
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114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Lost Maples is excellent for hiking and camping. Very nice state park with camp sites in the woods! All with shelters over the picnic tables and firepits. Many have water and electric RV hookups. A Dump station on site as well. Carry your rod and reel as fishing in the Sabinal requires no permit. Carry good hiking boots and walking... More 

Thank Max H
Galveston, Texas
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22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Go in the fall or early spring and make sure you see the colors of the maples in this park. The best way to go is as a backpacker and hike into the primitive campsites. Be sure to take the climb to the top of the hill to look down at the lake and the views - spectacular

Thank Brooke L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

*Beauty In the Middle of Nowhere* We were looking for a place to hike, and we found it right here. Many animals were nearby as we walked along the trail and through the water. There were primitive campsites and great spots by the river to have a nice picnic. Our plan is to come when the maple leaves change color... More 

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