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“Marvellous Hill Country hiking!”

Lost Maples State Natural Area
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Owner description: An excellent park to view fall foliage while walking the Maple and East Trails.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We spent a day here hiking the West Loop Trail and we will certainly return to hike the remainder of the trails. This is a gem of a place, even for an area as pretty as the Hill Country. The staff are friendly, the entire place is as clean as you will ever find, and the hiking itself ranges from challenging to easy. We also checked out several of the "primitive campsites" and they are both well-positioned and set up for easy camping access. We will definitely return, and may well pitch a tent here at some point in the future.

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Enough trails are available to allow for several visits without duplicating. The drive from San Antonio is very lovely and takes about 1.5 hours. Although we went on a weekend and had to wait in line to get inside the park it moved very quickly and the rangers made sure there was parking for anyone wanting to get inside. We chose the maple trail and then switched to the east trail. The east trail goes up and down the hill and is very steep in some places. It is very challenging for anyone with small children, strollers or even those not in good shape. Keep in mind once you are on top the trail going down is just as challenging. We took our time and enjoyed to various sights. The trees were turning and the colors were outstanding. Crossing the river is made easier since the water was at low levels and there were rocks to jump across. This park also has restroom facilities scattered throughout, primitive camping, and a picnic area for day use. It is a great getaway for families, couples, singles, and friends. You can also enjoy just sitting by the lake or river if you don't want to climb the hill.

Thank YolandaWilson
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

The hiking itself is very good and there are some nice challenging climbs. The downside is way too many people, many of which have no business leaving an urban park. These trails are not made for people wearing flip flops and Crocs. The trails also are not paved to accomodate baby strollers. Lastly, I have no idea why anyone thinks its a great idea to bring along their dog. Its cruel to expect small house dogs to try and climb the rugged, rocky areas. All-in-all, a good place to vist for the day; just bring lots of patience to navigate the obstacles noted here.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I try to get out to Lost Maples every year when the fall camping season starts to heat up. This park is very, very popular since it is one of only a few places in Texas that you can experience autumn with the changing colors of the trees. Peak is usually in mid to late November, but the park is so awesome for hiking and camping fall through spring. Enjoy the miles of trails and easily get away from the crowds if you head into the west side of the park or primitive camp in the back area (away from the ponds).

Thank strontium87
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I should have heeded my first instinct and walked out when I went into the office and found a line that snaked from the lobby and into the next room. After paying $6.00 for EACH PERSON to get in we quickly realized the area is very small and almost all hiking trails - it is not a place that you can enjoy from your car - the three short roads lead to the day area parking, the camping area, and hiking trail parking. The place was packed with people (and this was during the week during the day), the huge parking lot was so full folks parked on the grass, and school busses were in abundance. Everywhere you went there were people - not in the distance but right in front and behind you - and instead of hearing the sounds of nature (as one might expect in a natural area) it was like being in a crowded, noisy bar (OK, maybe not THAT bad but close). The area was pretty, we enjoyed the rock formations and tree colors most of all, but not worth the cost or crowd. Wish we'd gone to Garner State Park instead.

2  Thank antiquebeak
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