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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Hard data and fun facts about your state parks.

By Bryan Frazier

200,000-plus

the number of people who typically visit Lost Maples State Natural Area — near Vanderpool and Leakey — each year during October and November to see the spectacular seasonal foliage.

2,200

the number of acres that make up Lost Maples SNA. The park provides 30 water and electric hookup campsites and 50 walk-in primitive camping sites. Fall camping is typically a popular event, so reservations are encouraged.

214

the number of bird species found in the park, including the green kingfisher, the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo.

25

the number of visible live springs inside Lost Maples State Natural Area. Many more springs hide in Can Creek and the Sabinal River, both of which flow through the park.

7 feet, 4 inches

the circumference of the champion bigtooth maple tree, located at the head of Maple Trail. An interpretive display has a cross-section of the tree, which once stood 68 feet tall. These bigtooth maples — responsible for much of the vibrant fall color — are survivors of the last ice age.

275 feet

the height that the East Hiking Trail rises above the Can Creek Ponds.

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