Lost Maples State Park

Vanderpool, Texas

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This 2,208-acre park is named for the abundant bigtooth maples that annually provide brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors from late October to mid-November. Lost Maples is a hiking park with 11 miles of trails and only 1 mile of roadway; parking is limited to 250 spaces, which can be filled on weekends, especially at the height of the fall color season. Maple, West, and East trails provide access to a number of spectacular canyons and overviews. The park operates an interpretive center and a store, where books and gifts are available. Key birds: Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Black-capped Vireo; Golden-cheeked Warbler; Indigo and Painted Buntings; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Orchard, Hooded, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Mountain Bluebird can often be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Lost Maples State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This 2,208-acre park is named for the abundant bigtooth maples that annually provide brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors from late October to mid-November. Lost Maples is a hiking park with 11 miles of trails and only 1 mile of roadway; parking is limited to 250 spaces, which can be filled on weekends, especially at the height of the fall color season. Maple, West, and East trails provide access to a number of spectacular canyons and overviews. The park operates an interpretive center and a store, where books and gifts are available.

Key birds: Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Black-capped Vireo; Golden-cheeked Warbler; Indigo and Painted Buntings; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Orchard, Hooded, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Mountain Bluebird can often be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Vanderpool
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Mid-March through June for Green Kingfisher, Black-capped Vireo, and Golden-cheeked Warbler
Local Contacts: Lost Maples State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Maples State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

4/7/2006
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Lots of parking if you are planning to camp in the back country. Showers available in the front camping sites but very limited parking. Our Troop started at the Overflow Parking trailhead and hiked towards Site C. Lots of water available BUT bring your filter device. Started up the trail towards site B. Fairly Steep and trail has three nice flat spots in the shade to rest. On top - What a Veiw! Bring a camera. Cell Phones work only at top of the ridge. No cell phone coverage available in the valleys. We hiked on, past site B. No Latrine at "B". While descending towards site A, be carefull on your way down. Many large steps and many opporunites to slip. Reminds me of walking on ball bearings. Use the swicth-back method. The trail is wide. Lots of opportunities to slip and fall. Be careful. Site A, our overnight, is very large and will accommodate many large groups. Latrine is fairly new and kept clean on a daily basis. Be Sure To Keep The Door Closed. That will help keep the flies down. Water source for filtration is available but watch out for the algea. Lots of wildlife, birds, many species of trees and plants. Wonderful trail called Maple Trail - a must see. Plan for time to sit and watch!!! B. Colbert - Troop 56



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