Bandera, Real
Hill Country
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area Information:  
This 2,174 acre scenic state natural area on the Sabinal River is widely known for its brilliant fall foliage, and is popular with birders because of its nesting populations of Golden-cheeked Warblers (found in cedar trees), and Black-capped Vireos (found in brush areas). Archaeological evidence indicates the area was once inhabited by prehistoric people. Later inhabitation began with Spanish exploration and colonization in the late 17th century. Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians once lived and hunted in the area. The limestone canyons’ moist, cool microclimates support a variety of plant life found in few other places in Texas. The Bigtooth maple (canyon maple) and its brilliant fall foliage is the park’s signature asset. Updated fall foliage reports are available in October and November. Park admission and camping fees apply. Park parking is limited to 250 vehicles. For more information, view the park videoFrom Vanderpool, drive 5 miles north on RR 187.  Lost Maples State Natural Area Facilities Map
Sabinal River:  
This 60 mile long river rises from limestone springs in the Lost Maples State Natural Area, seven miles north of Vanderpool, Texas. It is fed by Hale, Hollow, and Can Creeks within the park and by Mill, Little, and Onion Creeks south of the park; It flows southeast to the Balcones Escarpment and then flows west to its mouth on the Frio River, ten miles south of Sabinal. The river goes underground at several locations along its length. Cañon Creek, in Uvalde County, is called the West Prong of the Sabinal. The sandy and clay loam along the river’s banks supports hardwoods and grasses. The early Comanche (Indian) Trail   followed the banks of the Sabinal River. The river was originally called Arroyo de la Soledad, Spanish for "Stream of Solitude." Most of the Sabinal River flows through the Edwards Underground Water District.  Fish Stocking History    
Lone Star Motorcycle Museum & Cafe, Vanderpool:
The museum displays motorcycles from around the world dating from as early as 1910, including a large number of Vincents (including a 1955 Vincent Black Night), and British bikes. The Ace Café sells hamburgers, their famous Aussie meat pies, salads, cold drinks and desserts. An admission fee applies to the museum; no admission fee applies to the café. Open March through November, Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm. The Café is open 10am-3pm. (830) 966-6103. The museum is located 1 mile south of Lost Maples State Natural Area, and 4 miles north of Vanderpool at 36517 SH 187 North, Vanderpool, Texas. Email
Lost Maples State Natural Area Directions:  
From Vanderpool, drive 5 miles north on RR 187.