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Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area © Wing-Chi Poon / CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
Although the roots of these two maple trees have grown together, they still exhibit startling different timing in their fall foliage color change. Taken at West Trail, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, Texas, USA.
Lost Maples State Natural Area © Wing-Chi Poon / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Aerial photo of can creek part of west trail. The fall foliage surrounding the pond makes it resembling the outline of Taiwan Formosa Island. Photo taken from west trail, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas, USA.
Lost Maples State Natural Area © Larry D. Moore / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Can Creek in Lost Maples State Natural Area in Bandera County, Texas, United States.
Lost Maples State Natural Area © Larry D. Moore / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The main parking lot in Lost Maples State Natural Area in Bandera County, Texas, United States fills up fast when the leaves change color in the fall. The park is usually filled to capacity every day for the first couple of weeks in November.
Lost Maples State Natural Area © Larry D. Moore / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
A scenic view of Can Creek from atop a hill in Lost Maples State Natural Area in Bandera County, Texas, United States.
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LOST MAPLES STATE NATURAL AREA
LOST MAPLES STATE NATURAL AREA
37221 Ranch to Market Road 187
Vanderpool, Texas   78885
(lat:29.8076 lon:-99.5706)

Phone: 830-966-3413
Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2,174.2 acres in Bandera and Real counties. It is north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. About 200,000 people visit the park each year.
Nature of the Area
Lost Maples holds steep and rugged limestone canyons, springs, plateau grasslands, wooded slopes and clear streams. The fall foliage of our large, isolated stand of uncommon Uvalde bigtooth maples can be spectacular.

Look year-round for rare species of birds, such as the green kingfisher. Black-capped vireos and golden-cheeked warblers nest and feed in the park in spring and early summer.
History of the Area
Purchased from private owners in 1973 and 1974, the site opened on Sept. 1, 1979. The state purchased an additional 603 acres in 2009, bring the total acreage of the natural area to 2,900.

Evidence shows that prehistoric peoples used this area at various times.

The Spanish began exploring and colonizing around here in the late 17th century. Beginning in the mid-1800s, the land was used for ranching.

Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians ranged over the land. They posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century.


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