Lost Maples State Natural Area

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About Lost Maples State Natural Area

Talk about as pretty as a picture. with rugged limestone canyons and branches of vivid red maple leaves overhanging sparkling streams, Lost Maple Natural Area packs some major scenic punch -- so don’t forget your camera! Snap some shots while you hike miles of Maple-shaded trails, criss crossed by clear, cold water creeks. Take a dip in Sabinal River, which snakes through the eastern portion of the park. But don’t let Lost Maple’s good looks fool you; the park’s got some tough, steep sections of hiking trails that’ll have you working up a sweat. A walk in this park isn’t exactly a walk in the park (speaking of walking -- try to stay on the designated trails so you don’t damage the fragile roots systems of the unusual bigtooth maples found throughout the park). So take some time to unwind after a long day of swimming, hiking, “oohing” and “ahhing” by relaxing under a dark Texas sky studded with stars; we hear they put on quite a show.

Campgrounds in Lost Maples

Lost Maples Campground

1. Lost Maples Campground

100% Recommend (6 Campers)

Saddle up to the Sabinal River when you stay the night at Lost Maples. The 30 campsites here come with water and electric hookups, plus picnic...

Trek
Trek: Fall camping here is amazing because of the color of the Maple Trees. But you have to reserve way in advance.
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Lost Maples Hike In Campground

2. Lost Maples Hike In Campground

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

Strap on your backpack and start walking to find the perfect place to camp at Lost Maples. There are eight hike-in areas designated for camping off...

Guy
Guy: I camped at Granger and drove over for the day. I caught the turning of the leaves perfectly. You can watch the Texas State...
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Hipcamper Trek

Fall camping here is amazing because of the color of the Maple Trees. But you have to reserve way in advance.

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Hipcamper Devin

Looking for a place to backpack out to your campsite? This is one of the best parks in central Texas for backpacking. There are drive-up sites as well, but the highlights are the seven primitive campsites scattered throughout the park. Some are close to parking and will be more crowded while others are miles from the closest trailhead and your journey is rewarded with solitude if that's what you're looking for.

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Hipcamper Guy

I camped at Granger and drove over for the day. I caught the turning of the leaves perfectly. You can watch the Texas State Parks website in the Fall for an update on when the leaves are changing. This is really a beautiful spot.

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Hipcamper Jacob

Camping is great here. Only 30 campsites with water and electric hookups, which means that there is plenty of privacy and not a lot of noise around your own camp. Site 16 is the most private but you get all the sun you could ever want in the afternoons which would be very warm in the summer. Site 17 is probably the best due to the abundance of shade you get. No matter when you camp, reserve early!

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Hipcamper Canaan

Prepare to climb hills, trail has no switchbacks.

History of Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2,174.2 scenic acres in Bandera and Real counties, north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. Acquired by purchase from private owners in 1973 -1974, the site was opened to the public on Sept. 1, 1979. Approximately 200,000 people visit the park annually.

Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. In historical times, which began with Spanish exploration and colonization efforts in the late 17th century, the Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians ranged over the land and posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century.