Lost Maples State Natural Area, East Trail

Leakey, Texas

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Leakey
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring and Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lost Maples State Natural Area
Local Maps: Texas Parks and Wildlife Lost Maples State Natural Area Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Maples State Natural Area, East Trail

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May 2018