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Lost Maples State Natural Area Primitive Campsite H

Lost Maples State Natural Area has some beautiful hiking trails and backpacking areas. If you need basic supplies you may find some at the general store in the small town nearby the park named Vanderpool. 

Perhaps the best time of the year to visit is in November when the weather is cool and the fall foliage take place. However, the park is very busy in November, so make a reservation six months in advance. If no campsites are available you may visit for the day and find a private campground nearby to camp.

There are basically two loops- an East Trail and a West Trail and each covers about 4-5 miles. It is completely possible to hike all the trails(about 12 miles) in a single day, but I prefer to hike and appreciate the natural features that can be found throughout the park.

This review is for the Primitive Area H on the West Trail.  The campsite is a primitive or dispersed site so there are no amenities. There is no water, no electricity, no restrooms, just natural space. Leave No Trace and Pack In Pack Out principles should be practiced. The camping area is adjacent to the West Trail and close to the West Loop Trail. There is a open field in one area and a tree covered space in another area. So there are options for both tent and hammock backpackers. 

This park has a number of peaks, creeks and ponds to view. In Texas State Parks fishing is allowed and no fishing license is required. Whether you're visiting to relax, fish or hike this park is enjoyable for all ages.

Lost Maples State Natural Area Primitive Campsite A

Lost Maples State Natural Area has some beautiful hiking trails and backpacking areas. If you need supplies you may find some basics at the general store in the small town nearby the park named Vanderpool. 

There are basically two loops- an East Trail and a West Trail and each covers about 4-5 miles. It is completely possible to hike all the trails(about 12 miles) in a single day, but I prefer to hike and appreciate the natural features that can be found throughout the park. 

This review is for the Primitive Area A on the West Trail. I'd say that the hike to the campsite and away from the campsite is more scenic than the actual campsite. The campsite is a primitive or dispersed site so there are no amenities. There is no water, no electricity, no restrooms, just natural space. There is a latrine near the campsite. Leave No Trace and Pack In Pack Out principles should be practiced. There are openings amongst the brush for tents or a number of closely spaced trees for hammock backpackers. 

Perhaps the best time of the year to visit is in November when the weather is cool and the fall foliage take place. However, the park is very busy in November, so make a reservation at least six months in advance. It is possible to just visit the park to day hike the trails as well, but even then a reservation is advisable.

If no campsites are available you may camp at a nearby private campground and visit for the day.

Excellent RV Park - Great Location

Bathrooms are clean. WiFi works. Lots to do. Close to Garner State Park. In-park store. Will definitely be coming back.

This a a pretty resort but crowded

This is a pretty resort but crowded with full timers not RV full timers but but people livening here. They are sitting outside playing Mexican music loud at 2:00am with no respect for other neighbors. The management staff are no where to be found and no phone numbers to contact anyone for help. Don’t bother staying here unless you don’t want to sleep. It in now 3am.

Pretty nice, close to the River Walk

Pretty nice for an RV park. Nice pool area. Close to the river walk, which is very well maintained. Sites are small, but there is a little green area next to each. Be sure to follow their directions and not your GPS, as there is a very low bridge one way and bottom scraping RR crossing another.

Great weekend getaway

We went on a nice weekend in early Feb and although it was chilly at night (down to mid-30s), the sun warmed us up during the day. The water was nice and clear blue, my husband enjoyed fly fishing. It was difficult to get a good hike in, I couldn’t figure out how to get to the longer hikes on the north side of the river without leaving the park and driving around. But since we were only there for a quick weekend it was just fine to walk around a bit. We went to the river overlook and that was pretty. Our spot was in the Turkey Sink campground, spot 65. It’s easy to see your neighbor from this spot but the campground was nice and quiet at night/early morning. Friendly staff too, and clean restrooms with showers. Had a great time!

Really nice spot

We stained over New Years, beautiful little spot. Camp was very clean and had decent large bathrooms with a clean shower. Sites are large and well maintained, covered area was very nice and sturdy. Large amount of room between sites. No sewer hock up so we had to pump out. No fires they had a burn ban in effect but we were allowed to grill. Had a few visitors to the site. Would definitely stay again, very nice small RV park.

Lost Maples State Natural Area Primitive Area E

Lost Maples State Natural Area has some beautiful hiking trails and backpacking areas.

There are basically two loops - an East Trail and a West Trail and each covers about 4-5 miles. It is completely possible to hike all the trails (about 12 miles) in a single day, but I prefer to hike and appreciate the natural features that can be found throughout the park. 

This review is for the Primitive Area E on the West Trail. The campsite is a primitive or dispersed site so there are no amenities. There is no water, no electricity, no restrooms, just natural space. Leave No Trace and Pack In Pack Out principles should be practiced. The camping area is adjacent to the East Trail. There is a open field in one area and a tree covered space in another area. So there are options for both tent and hammock backpackers. 

I'd say that the hike to the campsite and away from the campsite is more scenic than the actual campsite. Perhaps the best time of the year to visit is in November when the weather is cool and the fall foliage take place. The park is very busy in November, so make a reservation very early or go when the weather is extremely cold and no one else wants to be outdoors.

If you need supplies you may find some basics at the general store in the small town nearby the park named Vanderpool.

Cheapest option we found for Fredericksburg

We wanted to visit Fredericksburg and decided to stay at Lady Bird Johnson to do so. The park was plenty nice but nothing overly special. The sites were level and the facilities were fine. It’s a pretty convenient location for getting downtown to check out the town. The staff was helpful too. We were lucky enough to be here while all of the flowers were blooming, and it was awesome! We enjoyed our stay in the area and if we are back, we would be happy to stay at this park again.

Beautiful landscape and gorgeous river

The park has sone beautiful hiking along the Frio river. We stayed in the sites with full hookup which seam to be newer with new restrooms not open at the time so we had a short walk to the visitor center bathroom which was minimal and not as clean as I would like. The sites with just water and electric were much shadier and beautiful. They also have tent camping, some with shelters. I believe cabins are also available. Checkin process was a little slow even though we had reservations, I suggest to them they should have a separate fast lane for those with reservations. The camp store and gift shop were very nice and well stocked with essentials. Fire wood was about $6 for a large bundle. Garner grill was not open.