Lost Maples State Natural Area
At approximately 2,200 feet in elevation and more than five miles from the park entrance, the primitive back-country Campgrounds G and H of this park guarantee peace and quiet. True, crowds do swarm the first part of the East Loop along the Sabinal River to ooh and aah at the glorious fall colors of the maple trees, but few of them even know the West Loop exists, much less venture down it. So you’ll have the steep limestone canyons, plateaus, woods, and creeks to yourself, the better for spotting deer, foxes, porcupines, or some of the park’s rare species of birds, such as the Green Kingfisher.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, 830/966-3413; www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
From the June 2008 issue.