We Texans don’t usually have the luxury of seeing the leaves change color in fall. We usually distinguish leaves as being in one of two categories: dead and nonexistent or green and alive. There’s not usually an in-between.
However, nestled near Vanderpool, Texas in Bandera and Real counties is a natural gem: Lost Maples State Natural Area. Designated as a National Natural Landmark, Lost Maples is an awe-inspiring mix of limestone cliffs, canyons, woods and several crystal clear streams. What really sets Lost Maples apart, however, is its unusually high density of bigtooth maples, for which it is named.
These maples put on an amazing color show each fall, attracting thousands of visitors from around the state. Peak viewing time is typically late October through November.
You can camp, hike and fish at Lost Maples, but we recommend getting a charming cabin at the Lodges at Lost Maples bed and breakfast, just a few miles from the park.