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Camping and Backpacking Lost Maples

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  • Lost Maples State Natural Area

    37221 FM 187, Vanderbilt, TX (map)

    30.019510 -95.434380

  • Park headquarters
  • Price: $17.50 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Weekend camping and backpacking at Lost Maples.  The first night we will camp at the water and electric campsites.  Saturday we will backpack into the primitive campsites(about 5 miles) and yes primitive = no water, electricity or flush toilets, setup camp and do some additional hiking.

    Please read the entire description before signing up.

    Sign up to the waitlist here

    Camping RSVP Guide

    Campground camping plus 6 mile primitive backpacking 

    Fitness level: moderate  - 6 plus miles on Sat on unpaved trails, 3 miles on Sunday.

    State Park Site

    Park Map

    Trail Map

    Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leaves on these and other trees in autumn. The show varies, depending on weather conditions. Check our Fall Foliage report (first 2016 report coming Oct. 13).

    Please stay on designated trails. The natural area contains steep and rugged terrain. Do not climb on rocks or hillsides. Bigtooth maples have shallow roots, and you can hurt the trees by walking over their roots.

    Hiking:  Explore over 10 miles of trails, including a loop that takes you along the top of a 2,200-foot cliff.

    Camping:  Choose from 30 campsites with water and electricity. Or back­pack to one of six primitive campsites.

    Fishing:  Wet a hook in the Sabinal River or Can Creek. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore or pier in a state park or natural area.

    Birding:  This area is home to a wide variety of birds, including two en­dan­gered species: golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. Download Birds of Lost Maples State Natural Area: A Field Checklist (PDF) to learn more.


    • Drive 4 hours to Lost Maples 


    •This is primitive camping, no water and compost toilets.  There are several areas of the trail that are strenuous incline hikes 

    • Hike to Campsite C, about 3.08 miles, break for lunch

    • Hike to campsite F about 6 miles trail map 


    • Head back home 

    Houston Outdoors Camping: 

    I have 2 campsites booked (water and Electric) good for 10-12 people, The fee for the event covers the cost of the campsites. The second night will have NO Electricity and NO Water, only compost toilets are available. The fee is no-refundable to keep the costs consistent for group. If you do not have a Texas State parks pass there is a $6 per person per day fee.  There is an excess vehicle fee past 2 vehicles per site (usually $5 per night), spots will be first come basis.  Carpooling is highly recommended, if you do not have a parks pass and you arrive late you may need to pay the daily park entry fee plus the excess parking fee.  

    You will provide all of your own gear, you can rent from Ayoopa or ask to borrow equipment in the comments.

    For a list of general camping gear needed

    More camping info at our Facebook Site Houston Outdoors

    No Show policy: If you are a no show to any camping event that requires paid sites, you will be put on a black list and not allowed to attend future events until you can show that you can be trusted again.  

    Refunds: refunds are not offered for these trips to keep the costs low for the group who attend and help cover my costs when I have to cover cancel trips. This also allows us to charge a flat event fee regardless of the campsite or number of attendees. Keep in mind I don't charge membership fees or any other fees. 

    Expectations: You need to provide all of your own gear, a list of gear needed can be found camping list, Members will typically have cooking stoves. You can rent from Ayoopa, there is a link and 10% discount code on the group page(PC)  Always pack rain gear, bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of food and water.

    Organizers: We (organizers) are providing a free experience to our members, we will help you setup your gear and help you as we can to make it an enjoyable trip. Houston Outdoors is a group of like minded people coming together to share our outdoor adventures with others.  We are here to share our trips with our members and in no way offer a guided event or take any liability for your well being.  We are all adults, and each Meet Up is well defined and describes the event and physical requirements, it's up to you to determine if you are capable of the event .  In case of emergencies the appropriate emergency response teams will be notified, Houston Outdoors will not provide any emergency aid.  You must understand this before signing up, if you want a guided experience, there are many groups you can join and pay for.

    I hope everyone understands the need for outlining all the details/liabilities in the details but in these ages its needed, if you don't agree, then DO NOT SIGN UP!

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  • Brandon
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    I love the outdoors and staying active. Always up for a new challenge!

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  • Lyra S.

    Hiking makes me feel alive!!

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