Primitive Camp at Lost Maples State Natural Area

Rate this Adventure Texas West Trailhead, Lost Maples State Natural Area

Added by Lauren Bonczek

With just a mile hike out, the payoff is a big Texas sky, and countless stars. Camp away from the crowds.

Start at the day use overflow parking lot, there is a picnic area and a paved road will lead you to the trailhead for the  East and West Trail Loops. Continue along, following the signs to the West Trail Loop. 

You'll come across little river crossings, but much of the trail is rocky with a nice green canopy above. Depending on the season, you'll see the colors change in the leaves. It's quite beautiful, but stretches of the hike are rather strenuous and steep. Continue along the trail until you see a side trail marked Campsite E. You can camp at any of the primitive sites, however Campsite E has a lovely open grass field which provides a nice spot for star gazing. Just look out for snakes!

The campsites are well kept up, and spaced out nicely. This is a wonderful spot to camp at any time of the year!

Pack List

  • Backpacking Gear
  • Tent
  • Water
  • Food
  • Dog (if you have one!)
  • Friends
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

849 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Lauren Bonczek

From California. Pretty sure I might be part mermaid, but while I still have legs I'll hike as much as possible!

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend NP

Texas / Lost Mine Trail

If you are looking for expansive views of the Chisos Basin in Big Bend NP, the Lost Mine and South Rim Trails are MUST do's!  The South Rim Trail is a much longer 12+ mile hike (best views in park) w.

Sarah Levant
9 Saves

Hike the Gypsum Sand Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains NP

Texas / Williams Road Gate

To get there, first talk to park ranger at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. There is a gate that you may need to borrow a key for.

Kyle Obermann
23 Saves

Hike through the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Texas / Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Arboretum is a 155 acre nature sanctuary located within Memorial Park, about 6 miles from downtown Houston.