Lost Maples State Natural Area, East Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike can be crowded in the fall months when the leaves take on autumn colors—a relatively rare phenomenon in most of Texas that occurs here thanks to the park’s large, isolated stand of uncommon Uvalde bigtooth maples.
Rare birds, such as the colorful green kingfisher, also call the park home. When you pass where Lane Creek flows into the clear Sabinal, it is easy to understand why humans have used this area since prehistoric times, including Spanish explorers, who attempted to colonize the area in the seventeenth century, and Apache, Lipan Apache, and Comanche tribes, who ranged over the area into the nineteenth century. These days, approximately 200,000 people visit this 2174-acre park each year, many of them in the fall, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and vibrant russet colors."