Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool

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  • June 25, 2017
    One of the best parks in Texas. Several hiking trails which allow for seeing the beautiful Hill Country vistas. Well worth the small entrance fee. Clean and well maintained.  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    We've been here a couple of times to find Golden-cheeked Warblers, an endangered species. Stop at the office and they will tell you where to look.  more »
  • June 2, 2017
    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 »
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  • April 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    Helpful hint: no cell service as you get close to the area, so make sure you either have old-school map, or download your routes before hitting the road to get there. Beautiful site with wonderful hiking trails. Nice breeze comes through camping area, and fellow campers are mostly very polite. This is definitely a family friendly place, so don't be thinking this is where you'll have your all-night drum circles! Also, the state park police cruise through and hang out quite a lot, which is great for feeling secure, and also for the monitoring of any prohibited items (like booze). Ranger station doubles as gift shop, including fixin's for S'mores. They carry some beverages as well. The restrooms/showers are close enough to walk quickly from either end of the lane (even in the middle of the night). Don't pick the spots closest to them if you're a light sleeper though; there are bright motion-detection lights that come on outside. The ladies' room could have been a little cleaner, and the toilets either got backed up easily, or people weren't pulling/pushing handle long enough... not great. Dogs are allowed, but definitely keep them on leash, as there are feral hogs about, and thick brush surrounding. Overall, we really enjoyed this lovely spot. We will definitely come back!
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • January 5, 2017
    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.

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