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Save the Day Passes
Many parks fill to capacity on weekends and holidays. Pre-purchase a day pass and guarantee your entry and parking. Day passes are:
  • Valid until 10 p.m., unless the park closes earlier.
  • Available up to 1 month in advance.
  • Not transferrable to another person or park.
  • Also sold at the park, if available.
Learn more about Save the Day Passes.
Driving Directions
From San Antonio:
Take Hwy 16 North to Medina. Take a left on FM 337 to Vanderpool. Take a right on HWY 187. Continue 5 miles to the Natural Area entrance.
OR
Take HWY 90 West to Sabinal. Take a right on HWY 187 and travel through Utopia to Vanderpool. Continue 5 miles to the Natural Area entrance.

From Austin:
Take I-35 South to New Braunfels. Take a right on HWY 46. Take a right on HWY 16. Travel through Bandera to Medina. Take a left on FM 337. Take a right on FM 187. Continue 5 miles to the Natural Area entrance.
OR
Take Hwy 290 West to US 281 North. Turn right and continue to follow US 281 North/Hwy 290 West. to Johnson City. Take a left and continue on HWY290 West. Take a left at Friendship Lane in Fredericksburg. Take a left onto US-87 South. Take a right on Ranch to Market 473 in Comfort. Take a right onto TX-27 West. Take a left at FM 480 North in Centerpoint. Take a right onto TX 173 South. Take a right onto FM 2828. Take a right onto TX-16 North. Take a left onto FM 337 in Medina. Take a right onto FM 187. Continue 5 miles to the Natural Area's entrance.
Alerts and Important Information
Prescribed burns are planned during this timeframe (November-March), depending on weather and other factors. Prescribed fire operations and associated smoke may impact your visit. Some camping areas, lodging facilities, trails, and day-use areas may be closed for public safety. Contact the park to learn how this may affect your stay.

PARK HUNT DATES:
Jan. 9-11

The entire park will be closed from 10pm the day before to 8a. the day after.

If your plans change, please modify or cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow someone else to enjoy the park.

DAY USE FEE:
$6 per day, per person 13 and older.

OFFICE AND GATE INFORMATION:
This park does not have a gate.

Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.

During the months of October and November, the park is very crowded on weekends. Parking is limited to 250 vehicles. Visitors are encouraged to come on weekdays.

No kayaking or tubing, the river is too shallow. There is a lot of natural areas for walking/hiking.

PARK PHONE NUMBER: 830-966-3413
Notes
There is no gate; no gate code is necessary for entry. If arriving after hours for Day Use completely fill out and deposit the correct payment in the self-pay envelope. A self-pay station is located outside of the Park Headquarters. There is no reservation list posted. Campers with reservations can choose a vacant site; bypassing the self-pay station. All customers arriving after hours must register at the Park Headquarters by 9am the next morning.

FOR CAMPSITE PRIMITIVE:
Please fill out a Pre-Registration form upon arrival and return by 10am the next day for payment of fees. (Box is located outside of the park office.)

Lost Maples State Natural Area camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Lost Maples State Natural Area campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Lost Maples State Natural Area or day pass availability.

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