Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2,174.2 scenic acres in Bandera and Real counties, north of Vanderpool on the Sabinal River. Acquired by purchase from private owners in 1973 -1974, the site was opened to the public on September 1, 1979. Approximately 200,000 people visit the park annually.
Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. In historical times, which began with Spanish exploration and colonization efforts in the late 17th century, the Apache, Lipan Apache and Comanche Indians ranged over the land and posed a threat to settlement well into the 19th century.