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“Can't wait to return” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885
830-966-3413
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Vanderpool
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
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Owner description: An excellent park to view fall foliage while walking the Maple and East Trails.
Pearland, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Can't wait to return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Was my first camping trip with my small children and it didn't disappoint. The maple trail was a little more rugged than expected for my small kids but it was short and beautiful which helped. The east trail was a great first hiking experience for my nine year old daughter. Next time will have to tackle the west trail.

Visited November 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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“For Hikers Only”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We were recently at Lost Maples State Park to take in the fall color. We were somewhat disappointed in the amount of color but were limited in what we could see. We were told that the best color was on the East Trail and unfortunately unless you are an able bodied hiker this will not be an option for you. We should have investigated before we paid the fee and went inside the park. We had thought we could drive thru and see color but that is not the case.

Visited November 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Nice park for camping and hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We recently visited to see the fall foliage in the park. The fall colors were beautiful. In order to camp, it books up very early. We made our reservations around 6 months in advance and were only able to get a spot for a Sunday night. Campsites were nice, but spaced pretty close together. The bathrooms were very clean and well-kept. As for hiking, be prepared for crowds on the short trails, but if you take longer hikes you can get away from that a bit. Also, don't expect to see fall colors on the long trails. Most of the maple trees are down around the river, so only do the long (uphill)trails for the exercise and the hilltop views. Also, we brought our bikes, but soon learned that none of the trails are bike appropriate (too rocky and crowded), but we did ride around the campsite.

Visited November 2013
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Center Point, Texas
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“Short window to see the colors!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

There is a few weeks out of every year to view these amazing fiery colors. If the trees get enough rain, mixed with several nights of cold snaps, then the magic begins.
Another great thing is the picnic tables all along the mountain backdrop upon entering the park.
And who doesn't want to exercise when you really don't feel know you're doing it? Walk up to the lake/river where there is primitive camping for an easy hike, or go on further for the more difficult trek to the top. It is a strenuous one, so be prepared! But the lookout from the top is pretty cool.
To see live pictures each week, google fall foliage report for Lost Maples to come at the best time.
Because of all the maple trees, this park is a unique one, even here in the hill country!

Visited November 2013
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Boerne, Texas
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“Nice short hike but be prepared for company”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We drove up to the park for a quick hike one weekend in November. We were hoping since there had been a couple cold days that maybe some of the leaves would have changed. There were probably only about four trees with colored leaves, But I have been in the past when they were all changed and it was absolutely gorgeous. The problem with hiking in November is everybody is trying to go, hoping to see the colored leaves so the trails are crowded. It's a fairly steep climb up with some slippery gravel in places but the views from the top are nice.

Visited November 2013
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