As we continue our tour of some of Texas most beautiful natural attractions, our next stop is in Vanderpool, where the Lost Maples State Natural Area lies. This beautiful attraction is a little further away from your Dripping Springs sanctuary—2+ hours or 115 miles—but as we have discussed before, it is never a bad time for road trip, especially when you are on vacation! Offering a breathtaking beauty any time of the year, during the fall months Lost Maples truly comes to life! The fiery beauty of maple trees “dressed” in their autumn finest, the crisp and cool Texas air, and the opportunity to fish, hike, camp, or stargaze makes this idyllic area one of the most unforgettable natural attractions in the state. And if you have noticed and wondered why most of our attractions are called natural areas instead of parks, the reason is simple: Our focus is on maintaining the area in its natural state, keeping it pristine for everyone to enjoy.
Living Life Unplugged at Lost Maples State Natural Area
We spend so much of our lives plugged in to the internet, to our phones, television, and even to our music, but when you spend your vacation hours exploring Lost Maples State Park, there is no cell service, ensuring that you will enjoy life unplugged for a little while! This forest filled with maple trees is actually an anomaly, as the trees are known to live in cooler climates and somehow have managed to thrive in our warmer climes. However they came to be, we love this area, getting out here as often as we can for short hikes and star-watching sessions in the warmer seasons and longer hikes and photography sessions in the fall months! The Sabinal River runs through the park, making it an ideal fishing destination, especially if you want to catch largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, or sunfish. If you are visiting in the spring or summer, however, there will still be plenty of color, as fields of wildflowers create a kaleidoscope of beauty that begs to be photographed as much as the trees do in the fall. Offering a 3 rating on the Bortle Scale of Darkness—1 is the darkest while 9 is the lightest—Lost Maples is an ideal place for stargazing.