its name from early settler L. B. Vanderpool, when a post office was granted in
1885. On the Sabinal River in exceptionally scenic Hill Country of western Bandera
County. Largely utilized for sheep, goat and cattle ranching, the area is a favorite
of deer hunters during season, and year round gateway to popular Lost Maples State Natural
Lost Maples State Natural Area -
While they aren't really "lost", the bigtooth maples for
which the park is named are very selective in their habitat. Widely scattered over
several western states and northern Mexico, this maple thrives only in small, protected
pockets in mountainous regions where temperature and humidity are moderated, where
moisture is retained, and solar radiation is minimal. Because of their shallow
roots, the trees are susceptible to damage by soil compaction and visitors are cautioned
to stay on prescribed paths to ensure continued vigor of the maple stands. Fall
color is usually at its peak in early November.
Note: Usually the park is crowded in autumn when fall foliage
reaches its peak; it is recommended to see scenery during weekdays. Reservations are
needed at this time of year for overnight stays. Also, nature sometimes plays
tricks and autumn colors don't always attain their usual brilliance.
For information, call 830/ 966-3413. For reservations, call 512/ 389-8900.
Other vegetation in the scenic Hill Country park includes more than
90 plant families with some 350 species recorded. Bird life is abundant, including
the rare golden-cheeked warbler. Of many mammal species in the park, native white
tailed deer are most numerous.
Park facilities include campsites with water and electricity, picnic
areas, rest rooms, showers, and primitive camp areas reached by 11 miles of hiking and
Three trees are State Champion Big Trees - an escarpment chokeberry,
a Texas ash, and a Bigtooth maple. The chokeberry and Texas ash have been nominated
to the American Forestry Association Big Tree program for consideration as national
champs. The park is four miles north on R. M. 187. Admission.
Scenic Drives -
F.M. 187 north of Vanderpool climbs to the surface of the Edward's
Plateau (2,300 ft.) as it joins Texas 39. Sinkholes, porous basins that feed
rainwater into the deep Edward's Aquifer, abundantly dot the Hill Country. A
textbook example lies immediately at the west edge of F.M. 187 exactly 8.9 miles north of
Lost Maples State park.