Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Lost Maples State Natural Area

Campsites with 30 amp electricity and water hookup: 30 sites, 8 people per site allowed. Includes picnic table with shade shelter, fire ring, back-in RV parking, restrooms with showers nearby.

Primitive Campsites (Hike-in): 50 sites. 6 people per site. Backpacking equipment is required. Fires are prohibited; you can use containerized fuel stoves for cooking. Carry out all trash and dispose of it responsibly. A maximum of six people can camp at each site; each primitive area has numerous sites. Off-trail hiking and rock climbing are not allowed. Pets are allowed on leash; pick up and dispose of pet waste properly. Please practice Leave No Trace principles, as the park has sensitive natural and cultural resources. Area C is closed to camping.

Fee Info
Campsites with Electricity: $20 nightly, $120 Weekly Non-peak. Plus daily entrance fee. Primitive hike in sites: $10 nightly, plus daily entrance fee.
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Lost Maples State Natural Area is located in Texas
Latitude
29.8077 N
Longitude
-99.5707 W
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Directions
37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885
27 Reviews of Lost Maples State Natural Area
Fall Wonder in the Texas Hill Country

I camped here in early September and while the leaves hadn’t started changing yet the trails were packed with maple trees. It is very easy to see how in just a few months the place will be packed with beautiful colors.

The elective/water camp grounds are very open and pretty close to each other. Not my favorite, but definitely not the worst either. They were lacking the trees and shade that the trails provide. The primitive campgrounds were a good hike to get to, but not anything too strenuous.

The hikes are amazing. A really great climb in elevation for not having mountains. There are tones of creeks that are crossed as well to cool yourself or your pup off in.

Beautiful!!

First time visiting mistakes were definitely made. We planned for camping but didn’t realize just how far a mile and a quarter hike to the campsite felt like. I recommend packing very light if you are camping unless you are a fit highly seasoned hiker/camper. Also, although most of the East Trail is shaded and beautiful, it is still sweltering in 100°+ weather. So may want to reserve this spot for cooler temperatures! Besides the personal bad decisions we made, this was still a breath taking hike and truly enjoyable experience. With Love, Your everyday big girl!

Beautiful Park, but complete dead zone for wireless

Spent a couple night here in July. Beautiful park! The river is crystal clear and very inviting on a hot summer day. The Rv spots were well kept, the bathrooms/showers were clean, and the park was pretty quite in the evenings. There are Lots of hiking trails to explore, but they can only be taken on bicycle for 1 mile, per the rules. Overall, its a great park with beautiful scenery. I would love to see the trees turn in the fall. 

The only drawback, is that its in a complete deadzone for cellular. I had absolutely zero service on my cellphone, antenna Tv, or wifi/4g. (Altho, thats not always a bad thing)

Be prepared for emergencies if you hike the trails tho.

There is a general store about 4 miles up the road from the park entrance that has free wifi, if you need to download/update offline maps for your gps, and just get some work done before you go back to relax in the park.

Small but gorgeous park

By far one of my favorite state parks to date. Haven’t been during the fall, but beautiful any rime of year. The hiking trails here have been some of my favorite. The park is relatively small as far as number of RV sites. It is clean and well maintained. Medina is a 30 minute or so drive if you need to run into town for anything (we had to hit up a hardware store for a quick fix on the camper). The drive to Medina is stunning - I recommend taking that drive whether you need anything from town or not. There’s a fantastic winery just up the street (Lost Maples Winery). Their Pinot noir is fantastic! My only minor complaint was that the park host who was working at the time we were there was militant. Not a deal breaker though. Hope to visit here again this year some time!

Great hiking park

This Is a very nice park, little river a lot of hiking trail, some climbing, some flat trail, you are hidden in between mountains, once you hike to the top you will get an AT&T Signal, not a lot of RV sites, small park. June 17 to June 20 2020

Fall Colors

We missed the fall leaves color this past fall but there is always this coming fall. The day we were there it was practically empty as it was freezing but there were several hikers. There was a small RV park but we were staying at Garner that time.

Wonderful fall colors

Lost Maples is a great place to see the colors of Fall.

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.

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.