Lost Maples State Natural Area Foliage Color Change Report
This report will be updated weekly through November.
Oct. 25, 2016: Although the park is still fairly green for this late in the year, the brief cold front we had last week seems to have started a little bit of change on the outer reaches of the maples in the campground. Along the canyon walls, up along the Maple and East Trails, there is more color than last week, as the winds there can be colder. The Grotto, on the East Trail, has some Maples nearby that have some nice color. Monkey Rock is looking at some young Maples that have their outer branches tinged with color. At the moment, we are just beginning to see the fall colors creeping into the park, but the park is beautiful right now, even though we haven't seen the expected oranges and reds yet. The weather is great, with warm days for hiking and fishing, and cool nights for campfires and star-gazing. All roads in the Hill Country are a delight to drive in the fall, but the ones leading you to Lost Maples are extraordinary.
Oct. 18, 2016: This week has not seen a whole lot of change in color in the trees since last week, although the Sycamores are more advanced in their color change and shedding. As you can see, our icon Maple tree at the entrance is still very green, but you can see a hint of color along the canyon wall by the first low water crossing. A couple of the larger healthy Maples in the campground have just the barest hint of color change along some of the outer tips, but not much. Along the Maple Trail, the Maximilian Sunflowers have mostly faded away, and some of the older parent Maple trees have begun to drop leaves before changing, most likely due to the wet late summer we had. We are expecting a cold front later this week, with temperatures dipping into the mid-40s. We'll wait and see if this is cold enough to precipitate some more color by next week. Please keep in mind that park doesn't experience much color until the first week of November.
Oct. 11, 2016: Fall has officially arrived, and so everyone is wondering "Have the leaves started changing at Lost Maples yet?" Fall may officially be here, but Mother Nature hasn't gotten the memo. We received a fair amount of rain in September, and the trees are still very green. Temperatures at night have not been cold enough, and the days are still pretty warm. Generally we start to see some color change begin around the end of October, with the peak hitting in November, but it's too soon to predict when we will see the reds and oranges we're all looking for.
The Maximilian sunflowers are in bloom at the reflective pond on the Maple Trail, as well as Lindheimer Muhly and Plains Lovegrass along the trail to the ponds.
Come out to the park! The weather is perfect for hiking and camping, campfires and stargazing.
Special Note: The parking area accommodates only 250 vehicles, so if possible, plan to visit during the week.
Restrooms and picnic tables are handicapped accessible. You can drive approximately one mile into the park to view foliage from your vehicle.
The park is located 86 miles northwest of San Antonio and five miles north of Vanderpool off Ranch Road 187. If you need further information, please call Lost Maples at (830) 966-3413.
Campsites fill up quickly for the weekends. To make reservations or to check on campsite availability, go to the reservations page or call the Customer Contact Center at (512) 389-8900, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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