lost maples state natural area

Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife

Fall has arrived in Texas, which means there’s finally a reprieve from the heat in sight. And what many don’t realize is that it also means it’s almost time to go experience brilliant, vivid fall foliage.

Yes, that’s right. You can actually see trees change color in Texas. An easy road trip west of San Antonio lies Lost Maples State Natural Area. Located on the Sabinal River, Lost Maples features bigtooth maples that turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow in the autumn. You really have to see it to believe it!

Below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about one of Texas’s best hidden secrets.


When Is the Best Time to Visit Lost Maples?

Late October to Mid-November is usually when the leaves change colors and fall. We recommend you check out the Lost Maples Fall Foliage Report to keep up-to-date.


Do I Need to Make Reservations?

Yes, during peak season, the park fills up quickly. Once capacity is reached, you won’t be able to enter. We recommend making reservations as early as possible. You can make your reservations here.


How Much Does It Cost to Visit Lost Maples?

Adults are $6 a piece. Kids 12 and under are free. You can also purchase annual passes from Texas State Parks.


Can I camp overnight at Lost Maples State Natural Area?

Yes, you can camp over night at Lost Maples. There are both primitive campsites and sites with electricity, restrooms, and parking. Prices vary $10-20 a night.  For information on campgrounds, as well as to make reservations, go here.


Is There Much Hiking at Lost Maples?

When you visit Lost Maples State Natural Area, you gain access to approximately 10 miles of trails. There’s a loop that goes atop a cliff that is 2,200 feet high! You can find trail maps here.


Can I Fish at Lost Maples State Natural Area?

Yes, and since it’s a state natural area, you do not need a fishing license.


Is Lost Maples a Good Area for Stargazing?

Yes, Lost Maples Natural Area features very dark skies that are great for stargazing. On a scale of 1-9, with 1 being the darkest, Lost Maples rates a 3.


Anything Else I Should Know?

There’s no cell phone service in the park. So plan accordingly – you’re going to be off-grid!




Lynn Miller