Primitive Camp at Lost Maples State Natural Area



2.5 miles

Elevation Gain

849 ft

Route Type


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!

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Primitive camping

See photos for our primitive emergency tent on first night at Lost Maples West trail and loop. There are other primitive campsites. One is no longer an overnight site due to flash floods. Another is at the top of the steep incline going from East-West trail to the East trail. Two over 50 women making this climb was a little ruff. had to stop for a break about halfway. But we made it! It was definitely worth getting up there to get to the primitive site. A little bummed because a really bad thunderstorm came in so we opted to go back to basecamp.

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Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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