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About Lost Maples State Natural Area
Campgrounds in Lost Maples
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...
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...
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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.
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.
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!
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.