Hill Country Highlights | Watching the Leaves Change at Lost Maples State Park

When it comes to fall in Hill Country, there are many beautiful locations from which to admire the brilliance of nature’s changing colors. The Ranches of Brushy Top offers some suggestions.

When it comes to fall in Hill Country, there are many beautiful locations from which to admire the brilliance of nature’s changing colors. The Ranches of Brushy Top offers some suggestions.

There are few Hill Country experiences lovelier than the changing of the leaves with the onset of fall and the approaching winter season. Lost Maples Natural Area, a state park located in Texas Hill Country, is a popular spot to take the family to enjoy brilliant colors Mother Nature offers during the autumn months.

Lost Maples: A Passage Through Hill Country History

What makes Lost Maples so special, aside from the unique spectrum of foliage seen here, is its history. The Lost Maples area, home to some of Texas’ most primitive flora, boasts bigtooth maples and other rare species believed to have survived climate change from as far back as the ice age—breathtaking survivors and inhabitants from millions of years ago. The Uvalde bigtooth maple is the largest known species of maple in Texas, and one of the most fascinating to view in the fall; the majestic change of hues and textures is indeed an homage to this area’s rich and extensive flora and fauna, a generations-old ecosystem that teaches as well as mesmerizes. That’s what helps make Lost Maples State Park the only park of its kind.

Tips for Enjoying Lost Maples State Park

Lost Maples State Park is, in fact, quite busy during the fall months, as crowds take the time to visit and experience everything the park has to offer. From backpacking and picnicking to hiking and camping, there are a number of exciting activities to engage in during your visit to Lost Maples State Park. Whether you are there to experience the foliage color change or the autumn cool down, here are some tips to help you enjoy your time at this Hill Country natural area.

  1. Plan your trip. October and November are two of the busiest months of the year due to the changing seasons. The parking lot has room for only 250 cars, so plan early and plan well.
  2. Choose a weekday for your visit. Weekdays are usually a great bet for people who want to avoid large crowds.
  3. Read the foliage report online often. The foliage report on the Lost Maples website is updated frequently with information on the best spots to experience the change in colors, so keep up with it.
  4. Bring a camera. It’s impossible to visit this Hill Country gem and not want to bring a camera. Be sure to take plenty of photos.
  5. Keep a copy of Birds of Lost Maples State Natural Area with you. The guide, available through the state natural area’s website, is a must-have for those who go to the park to watch the many common and rare birds that live in the area.
  6. Dress comfortably. With so much land to cover, it’s important to always be mindful of the weather, terrain and day’s plan, in order to dress accordingly for your visit.
  7. Expect to see wildlife, both rare and common. There are more than just rare birds like the green kingfisher and the golden-cheeked warbler in the area. There are also animals like the gray fox, white-tailed deer, armadillo, raccoons, and javelina.

When it comes to taking in the breathtaking views of the changing seasons in Texas Hill Country, look no further than Lost Maples State Natural Area. For more information on the Texas Hill Country, or if you are interested in looking for land for sale in Texas, visit the Brushy Top website. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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