State Parks: Lost Maples State Natural Area
Most people know Lost Maples State Natural Area for its fall color. This 2,174 acre park protects a cluster of Uvalde bigtooth maple trees that create a pocket of color in the Texas Hill Country people typically associate with areas much further north. Peak fall color usually occurs anywhere from the beginning to middle of November, and this tends to be the peak visitor time as well. The park tends to fill up pretty quickly on weekends in November, and may close to visitors once the park reaches capacity. Texas Parks & Wildlife maintains a Lost Maples Fall Foliage Report on their website during most of October and November to update visitors on the changing colors. Though the park is most popular during the fall, it is a beautiful park year round. You can avoid the crowds by coming during off-peak season. Abundant wildflowers bloom in the park during the spring and into the summer months. The park’s steep canyon walls are reflected in the scenic beauty of the Sabinal River as it winds through the park- a constant reminder that this park is a year round treasure.
Activities at Lost Maples
Hiking, backpacking, and camping are the most popular activities at Lost Maples State Natural Area. Photography, birding, fishing, stargazing, wildlife viewing, and geocaching are also popular activities here. The park has over ten miles of hiking trails, including a loop that takes you along the top of a 2,200 foot cliff. Hiking ranges from easy to moderate through most of the park, but there are several areas with steeper trails that become more difficult toward the back of the park. Camping is available at 30 campsites featuring water and electricity, or visitors can backpack in to one of 6 primitive campsites.