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Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool

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  • This was my second time to Lost Maples. Did some short hikes. very unique in this area, from the lush forest and creek to the rugged terain - beautiful.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 maintai...  more »
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  • The staff was friendly, the hiking trails are fairly challenging for a beginner depending on which trail u take. It's about a mile hike to the ponds but it's worth the hike, it's beautiful and peaceful up there. We saw a lot of tadpoles and minnows. Just wish the river levels were a little higher but of course there's no helping that. The electric campsites are where we stayed and it was very quiet, and peaceful, you could hear the stream nearby. Overall great experience. Make sure u take plenty of water no matter what hiking trail you choose.
  • My family has been coming here since I was a teenager (that was quite some time ago). While most folks come here during the fall months to see the maples turn colors, we have always come during the summer months. It can be extremely hot for camping at those times, but it also makes for fewer neighbors. In June of 2017 we brought our teenage kids out to continue the tradition. However, we rented a house with air conditioning instead of camping, so of course the weather was quite temperate (for summer in Texas, anyway). We did the Maple trail (1 mile round trip hike) and then went swimming at the pond (2 mile round trip hike) on the first day, then took the East Trail over the mountain on the second day. The ascent and descent are a little challenging, but the views are worth it.
  • LostMaples State Park is 90 miles west-northwest of San Antonio Texas. Worth a day trip or 2 if you are nature lover believe in overnight camping. Great hiking trails for beginners to advanced. Don't miss the monkey rock This is a unique naturally occurring formation that park personnel have named Monkey Rock, due its shape. The rock is limestone and the area has very loose rock around it plants growing on the cliff walls, supported by water that seeps from underground.
  • Great place to do primitive camping. Stars are great. No fires in primitive areas. Stocked pond with catfish and rainbow trout is great fishing. Bass are catch and release. You don't have to have a fishing license. Maples are best around November. About 12 miles of trails. Some are >400ft of elevation gain. Not a lot around the park. Cell service only at primitive area B. If you aren't up for the hike up then you can get service about a mile outside the park. Take a right and you should get service in front of the vineyard. Waterfalls and springs in multiple places. Page on Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's site has all of the info you need.
  • My family enjoyed camping and hiking at Lost Maples. The views were gorgeous! We played in the water and cooled off in the crystal clear water. The swimming spot was tiny, but the kids had a great time anyway. We spotted lots of wildlife and birds during our stay. Unfortunately we were too early for the fall leaves. Definitely will be going back.