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 (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lost-maples). Or check out some from our last meetup there HERE (http://www.meetup.com/sanaturehounds-com/photos/4273522/69986222/).
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