Hiking Through Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, Texas
A drive through hill country (don't miss the twisty stretch along Ranch Road 337) and a traipse through the trees in the Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool is a Texas tradition for leaf lovers. A rare stand of Uvalde Bigtooth Maples is the main attraction, and they’re on fire with fall color the last two weeks in October and first two weeks of November. Autumn weekends in are often super-crowded, so a weekday visit to the 2,200-acre park this time of year might be more serene. Guests also enjoy fishing, swimming, and picnicking, as well as bird watching, but leave behind your citified needs for wi-fi and Starbucks because this park is on the path less traveled.