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Lost Maples State Natural Area

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

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37221 Fm 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885-8510
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A Foggy Path wrote a review Jan 2021
Austin, Texas1,293 contributions71 helpful votes
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If you like challenging hikes and views for days, check out Lost Maples. We went in early November 2020 and saw some color among the trees. With Texas weather, it's such a hit or miss on when the colors will really come through. Even though we didn't get the color display we were hoping for, we still had a fabulous time! We hiked the entire park over two days and had a great time. It is a very busy park so we definitely recommend booking passes in advance, especially if you're visiting in the fall. The park fills fast and they have a capacity limit. Don't miss out! Also, wear/bring sunscreen. Once you get to the higher areas on the trails, it's full sun. Take water, too. You'll definitely need it!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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TrueTexasTraveler wrote a review Jan 2021
Amarillo, Texas955 contributions488 helpful votes
Lost Maples offers great views. We hiked the East Trail and took the short scenic overlook spur, which was well worth it, as were the views from the top of the East Trail. If you want to go, beware of the awful Texas State Parks reservation system. Plan accordingly, and plan your trip six months out, or you'll never get in this park anymore with that terrible system in place.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Christie G wrote a review Dec 2020
Huffman, Texas3 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited with our young children and wanted to participate in the Jr Ranger program. The lady at the front desk was extremely unprofessional and rude. We drove through the park and decided to leave as we felt unwelcome in our own state park. Also, there are no ADA trails.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Wandering Cajun wrote a review Nov 2020
Texas277 contributions229 helpful votes
We visited the second week of November to hike and view fall foliage. We were lucky to have reserved day passes on a beautiful day, in the peak of colors. We were glad to have made our reservations early and in advance, because the park will sell out of day passes weeks to months in advance in the fall. We choose afternoon entrance, and if you choose it, please make sure you have enough time to do whatever activitiess you choose, especially hikes. We hiked the Maple Trail, then proceeded on to the East Trail, then East-West trail for a round trip circle of 4 miles. The hike took us 3 hours with minimal stop times. The most beautiful part of the trail is the Maple Trail if you are wanting to see fall colors. The East Trail and East-West were mostly rocky, uphill, steep and strenuous. Be sure you allow enough time to make it out before dark. You do not want to be navigating these steep incline/decline trails in the dark. We started at 2:30 pm and barely made it out before dark around 5:30. Also, be aware there is no cell service in this area. It's very remote, and you will likely not have any service, so prepare in advance. We enjoyed this hike very much, and the park is stunning in the fall.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Bettina wrote a review Nov 2020
Conroe, Texas10 contributions4 helpful votes
Lost Maples is geared for hiking. Little access with car and bring hiking poles or sticks to help with terrain. The colors were great, park was beautiful. The bird blind was disappointing since it is too close to parking lot with many cars, etc. Also feeders were empty. Other than that it was a great park for photographers.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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