Tucked away in a town called Vanderpool is Texas’ very own autumn Oasis. Maple trees are one of the few trees to change colors which makes fall one of the most beautiful times to visit Lost Maples State Park. As you walk through this park, it’s easy to see why so many people come here for fall foliage viewing. The leaves are changing colors and there are some great hiking trails that offer scenic views. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a picnic, hike, or camp there’s something for everyone. If you haven’t yet visited this state park during the fall season then it’s time to plan your trip!
Best Time Of Year To Visit Lost Maples
The best time for fall foliage viewing at Lost Maples State Park is going to vary from year to year. Generally The best fall colors occur from the last week of October through the second week of November. Texas State Parks website list current and past Lost Maples fall foliage reports to help you plan the peak time to visit. While you are there, be sure to snag a Lost Maples day pass because because the park fills up first thing in the morning and will turn away visitors for the remainder of the day.
Best Places For Pictures At Lost Maples State Park
There are two main hiking trails at Lost Maples State Park and both share the western part of the East Trail. The best fall colors I’ve seen at the park have been on the shared portion of the two trails. The one-mile stretch where the east and west trails merge is an easy, flat trail with a scenic pond at the one-mile mark. This is an excellent route if you’re shooting family portraits and need a route for all skill levels.
See Monkey Rock On The East Trail
Distance: 4 miles, 4.7 miles if you include the overlook
The trail is mostly flat and easy, but there is a short steep and strenuous stretch that requires climbing up large rocks. Monkey Rock, located on the eastern side of the east trail, usually has some nice fall foliage; even without the vibrant colors, this familiar shape is sure to be a hit anyway. At the north of the loop is a small cove with a bench that’s had vibrant fall foliage every year I’ve gone. The bench and scenic backdrop make this spot the perfect place for a family portrait.
Find Solitude On the West Trail
Distance: 5 Miles, 7 miles if you include the West Loop Trail
Most of the west trail follows along the creek where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to capture leaves collecting in a stream or a canopy of trees. The West Trail is less popular, so this route is perfect for landscape photographers seeking one of a kind photos.
Camping and Lodging Near Lost Maples State park
Lost Maples camping is typically booked several months in advance so if you aren’t lucky enough to get a reservation, you will have to find a place to stay outside of the park. I discovered Lost Maples RV and Camping after a state park reservation mishap; we stumbled upon this unassuming gas station offering tent camping near Lost Maples. I’ve had the opportunity to watch this business grow from bare-bones tent sites to a community of tent sites with bathrooms and showers, RV sites with hookups, and cabins. I couldn’t recommend this place more!