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Fall Colors of Lost Maples

Lost Maples State Park can claim to be one of the most beautiful parks in Texas all year round. But come fall, this park EXPLODES in color and is THE park to visit if you live in the area.

Texas Parks and Wildlife describes Lost Maples as "an outstanding example of Edwards Plateau flora and fauna. It is a combinations of steep, rugged limestone canyons, springs, plateau grasslands, wooded slopes, and clear streams. It features a large, isolated stand of uncommon Uvalde Bigtooth Maple, whose fall foliage can be spectacular."

We will be exploring the amazingly scenic East Trail which is just over 4.5 miles and has a moderate level of difficulty due to two steep areas along the trail. It's totally doable at a slow pace (which we plan to be at) or you can do a portion of the trail and head back at this spot.

Extend your visit by packing up a lunch. We'll try to snag a table but there may be limited availability due to the crowds. It would be a good idea to bring chairs or a blanket, just in case.

The park entrance fee is $6 per person or free with a State Parks Pass.

Check out pictures, maps, and videos of the park HERE. Or check out some from our last meetup there HERE.

The park is extremely popular during this time and is often crowded and forced to close as early as 10 am. To avoid the weekend crowd, we're going to playing hooky from work and hitting it up during the week to avoid the madness.

SCHEDULE YOUR DAY OFF NOW! Or *cough cough* your sick day ;)

HOW TO FIND US: Upon entering the park, follow the main park road which will veer right until it dead-ends in a parking area with restrooms. We will launch for the hike next to those restrooms at 9:20. You might want to grab a map on your way in. If you're running late, we'll be taking the East Trail in a counter-clockwise direction.

FOLIAGE REPORT: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lost-maples/foliage-reports

 

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  • Priscilla W.

    I just woke up, for the second time, at 7 so won't make it. Sorry guys.

    November 15, 2012

  • Robert & C.

    One last reminder: We're meeting INSIDE the park not at the headquarters. Upon entering Lost Maples, follow the main park road which will veer right until it dead-ends in a parking area with restrooms. We will launch for the hike next to those restrooms. You might want to grab a map on your way in. If you're running late, we'll be taking the East Trail in a counter-clockwise direction.

    November 15, 2012

  • Anne

    Have fun. I will be thinking of you all while I'm at work. Happy Birthday Phyllis.

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have fun friends and puppies!! Wish we could join u!

    November 14, 2012

  • Robert & C.

    Looking forward to tomorrow! Check yesterday's foliage report, if you haven't; looks like we're in for some color (and great weather)! :) Don't forget to pack up a lunch for yourself if you want to extend your day (and you might want to bring a blanket or folding chairs). Be sure to read the "how to find us" before you leave for important details!! Bring plenty of water and small snack for the hike. The trail has a steep incline at the half-way point, but some will turn back for an out-n-back, if you prefer. Wear appropriate shoes. Because there are several ways to get there, depending on your side of town, there is no caravan/carpool location for this trip. My cell is[masked] if you need to txt or call. See y'all there!!

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tomorrow, I have to have an unexpected root canal--there goes the plan for Lost Maples. I was looking so much forward to this annual opportunity to see the vibrant colors unique to Lost Maples! Was also looking forward to seeing you all again after my summer in CO.
    Will miss you all tomorrow. Take some great photos and have a wonderful trip!

    1 · November 14, 2012

  • Annie A.

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! LET's GO!

    November 14, 2012

  • Anne

    a couple of friends and I went yesterday and there was not to much color yet hopefully by the time you all go more trees will have turned. The east trail seemed to be the better one. Be prepared the trails are very rocky.

    November 10, 2012

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