When imagining the four seasons, we like to picture the defined and cliché changes that are supposed to occur throughout the year—shimmering snowflakes in the winter, chirping birds in the spring, shining sunrays in the summer, and glowing leaves in the fall. However, as you probably know, this is a whole different story for most Texans.
There is no denying that Texas gets a bad rap for its seasons, or should I say its lack thereof. With the start of fall upon us, we have found the perfect destination that best mimics an east-coast fall experience—the Lost Maples State Natural Area.
37221 F.M. 187 Vanderpool, TX 78885
The Lost Maples State Natural Area is located just an hour and a half outside of San Antonio, in Vanderpool, Texas. The park is situated on over 2,000 acres of land and is known for its stunning fall foliage, particularly the uncommon bigtooth maples that cover the area. However, its additional striking features such as the limestone canyons, springs, plateau grasslands, wooded slopes, and clear streams will definitely keep your eyes alert as well.
A wide variety of visitors are welcomed onto the site each day. People are likely to be found picnicking, camping, backpacking, hiking, photographing, bird watching, fishing, swimming, or simply enjoying the views—there really is something for everyone!
If you want to be sure you are visiting at the best part of the year, you can check the website’s “Fall Foliage Report”, updated weekly starting in October and ending in November. This web page contains a synopsis of how the foliage is doing and provides a glimpse of what you’re missing while not being there, through a collection of photos.
So the next time you find yourself sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte and moping about the lack of leaves changing color in your backyard, take a trip to the Lost Maples State Natural Area and get ready to fall in love!