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!
- Backpacking Gear
- Dog (if you have one!)
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
ReviewsLeave a Review
Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!
More Adventures Nearby
Hike the Upper Sunset Trail at Franklin Mountains SP
Texas / Upper Sunset Trailhead
The trick to this view is that the park gate closes at 5 pm. Therefore you have two options: Park at the entrance of the park (outside of the gate) and hike into the park.
Hike to North Franklin Peak
Texas / Franklin Mountain Peak Trailhead
El Paso is a sprawling city that is remarkably split by the Franklin Mountains.