Lost Maples State Natural Area

When fall foliage viewing is mentioned, you probably don’t think first of Texas, but if you haven’t seen the Lost Maples State Natural Area in Southwest Texas, you’ve missed some of the best in the country.

The area is ablaze in color from approximately the last two weeks of October through early November, thanks to a large, isolated stand of the uncommon Uvalde Bigtooth Maple.

The park is an outstanding example of Edwards Plateau flora and fauna. It is a combination of steep, rugged limestone canyons, springs, plateau grasslands, wooded slopes, and clear streams.

Park activities include enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, bird watching, fishing, swimming, and nature study

Rare species of birds, such as the Green Kingfisher, can be seen year-round. The endangered Black-capped vireo and Golden-cheeked warbler nest and feed in the park in spring and early summer. Wild animals include gray fox, white-tailed deer, armadillo, raccoon, bobcat, rock squirrel, and javelina.

The park is extremely popular during the fall and is often crowded, so if possible, you should schedule your visit for a weekday

For fall foliage updates call 1-800-792-1112.

For Park information, go here:

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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