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Vanderpool

History:

Vanderpool received its name from early settler L.B. Vanderpool when a post office was granted in 1885. Vanderpool is on the Sabinal River in the exceptionally scenic Texas Hill Country of western Bandera County.

Recreational and Relaxing Activities:

Largely utilized for sheep, goat and cattle ranching, the Vanderpool area is a favorite of deer hunters during season.

Vanderpool is a year-round gateway to the popular Lost Maples State Natural Area. You can hike, camp, and take photographs year round.

Nature:

Lost Maples State Natural Area

While they aren’t really “lost,” the bigtooth maples for which the park is named are very selective in their habitat. Widely scattered over several western states and northern Mexico, this maple thrives only in small, protected pockets in mountainous regions where the temperature and humidity are moderated, where moisture is retained, and solar radiation is minimal.

Because of their shallow roots, the trees are susceptible to damage by soil compaction. Visitors are cautioned to stay on prescribed paths to ensure continued vigor of the maple stands.

Fall color is usually at its peak in early November (Note: Usually crowded in autumn when fall foliage at peak; it’s recommended to see scenery during weekdays. Reservations needed this time of year for overnight stays. Also, nature sometimes plays tricks and autumn colors don’t always attain usual brilliance. For information call 830/966-3413.) For reservations, call 512/389-8900.

Other vegetation in the scenic Texas Hill Country park includes more than 90 plant families with some 350 species recorded. Bird life is also abundant, including the rare golden-cheeked warbler. Of the many mammal species in the park, native white-tailed deer are most numerous.

Park facilities include campsites with water and electricity, picnic areas, rest rooms, showers, and primitive camp areas reached by almost 11 miles of hiking and backpacking trails.

Four main trees present are State Champion Big Trees, an escarpment chokecherry, a Texas ash, and a Bigtooth maple. The chokecherry and Texas ash have been nominated to the American Forestry Assn. Big Tree program for consideration as national champs. The park is four miles north of Vanderpool on R.M. 187. There is an admission fee.

Scenic Drives:

The Hill Country is made up of many small towns connected by beautiful scenic drives. There are gorgeous Hill Country landscapes in almost any direction. Scenic drives are a favorite pastime for many locals, especially during sunset. So crank those windows down, turn up the radio, and fly over those hills!

F.M. 337:

Famously part of the Twisted Sisters, the east and west route of F.M. 337 is unquestionably among the most spectacular drives in the Texas Hill Country. Massive wooded steeps enfolding tiny, secluded valleys are beautiful! Remember to take your camera.

F.M. 187:

This smooth winding road north of Vanderpool climbs to the surface of the Edwards Plateau (2,300 ft.) as it joins Texas 39. Sinkholes, porous basins that feed rainwater into the deep Edwards Aquifer, abundantly dot the Texas Hill Country. A textbook example lies immediately at the west edge of F.M. 187 exactly 8.9 miles north of Lost Maples State Park.

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Fun Stuff

There are plenty of opportunities for day trips from the Vanderpool area.

Enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular Texas Hill Country on wide-open roads lined with breath-taking flowers and trees. Relish views only available in the Hill Country. You’ll feel like you’re light years away from a crowded freeway…because you are.

And, you won’t have to pick up and move. No packing and unpacking. You can make yourself at home and still experience a multitude of adventures that are fun for the whole family.
Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Vanderpool > Leakey

16 miles | 23 min

Vanderpool > Leakey

16 miles | 23 min

Vanderpool > Utopia

10 miles | 14 min

Vanderpool > Utopia

10 miles | 14 min

Vanderpool > Concan

33 miles | 40 min

Vanderpool > Concan

33 miles | 40 min

Vanderpool > Uvalde

54 miles | 59 min

Vanderpool > Uvalde

54 miles | 59 min

Vanderpool > Leakey

16 miles | 23 min

Vanderpool > Leakey

16 miles | 23 min

Vanderpool > Utopia

10 miles | 14 min

Vanderpool > Utopia

10 miles | 14 min

Vanderpool > Concan

33 miles | 40 min

Vanderpool > Concan

33 miles | 40 min

Vanderpool > Uvalde

54 miles | 59 min

Vanderpool > Uvalde

54 miles | 59 min

Vanderpool > Kerrville

46 miles | 52 min

Vanderpool > Kerrville

46 miles | 52 min

Vanderpool > Hunt

39 miles | 48 min

Vanderpool > Hunt

39 miles | 48 min

Vanderpool > Fredericksburg

70 miles | 1 h 17 min

Vanderpool > Fredericksburg

70 miles | 1 h 17 min

Vanderpool > Luckenbach Texas

77 miles | 1 h 26 min

Vanderpool > Luckenbach Texas

77 miles | 1 h 26 min

Vanderpool > Kerrville

46 miles | 52 min

Vanderpool > Kerrville

46 miles | 52 min

Vanderpool > Hunt

39 miles | 48 min

Vanderpool > Hunt

39 miles | 48 min

Vanderpool > Fredericksburg

70 miles | 1 h 17 min

Vanderpool > Fredericksburg

70 miles | 1 h 17 min

Vanderpool > Luckenbach Texas

77 miles | 1 h 26 min

Vanderpool > Luckenbach Texas

77 miles | 1 h 26 min

Vanderpool > Comfort

49 miles | 56 min

Vanderpool > Comfort

49 miles | 56 min

Vanderpool > Boerne

58 miles | 1 h 9 min

Vanderpool > Boerne

58 miles | 1 h 9 min

Vanderpool > Bandera

57 miles | 1 h 5 min

Vanderpool > Bandera

57 miles | 1 h 5 min

Vanderpool > Lost Maples State Natural Area

4 miles | 6 min

Vanderpool > Lost Maples State Natural Area

4 miles | 6 min

Vanderpool > Comfort

49 miles | 56 min

Vanderpool > Comfort

49 miles | 56 min

Vanderpool > Boerne

58 miles | 1 h 9 min

Vanderpool > Boerne

58 miles | 1 h 9 min

Vanderpool > Bandera

57 miles | 1 h 5 min

Vanderpool > Bandera

57 miles | 1 h 5 min

Vanderpool > Lost Maples State Natural Area

4 miles | 6 min

Vanderpool > Lost Maples State Natural Area

4 miles | 6 min

Vanderpool > Garner State Park

26 miles | 32 min

Vanderpool > Garner State Park

26 miles | 32 min

Vanderpool > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > The Alamo (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 36 min

Vanderpool > The Alamo (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 36 min

Vanderpool > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

105 miles | 1 h 56 min

Vanderpool > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

105 miles | 1 h 56 min

Vanderpool > Garner State Park

26 miles | 32 min

Vanderpool > Garner State Park

26 miles | 32 min

Vanderpool > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > The Alamo (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 36 min

Vanderpool > The Alamo (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 36 min

Vanderpool > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

105 miles | 1 h 56 min

Vanderpool > Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

105 miles | 1 h 56 min

Vanderpool > Sea World (San Antonio)

74 miles | 1 h 27 min

Vanderpool > Sea World (San Antonio)

74 miles | 1 h 27 min

Vanderpool > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

73 miles | 1 h 21 min

Vanderpool > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

73 miles | 1 h 21 min

Vanderpool > River Walk (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > River Walk (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

85 miles | 1 h 33 min

Vanderpool > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

85 miles | 1 h 33 min

Vanderpool > Sea World (San Antonio)

74 miles | 1 h 27 min

Vanderpool > Sea World (San Antonio)

74 miles | 1 h 27 min

Vanderpool > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

73 miles | 1 h 21 min

Vanderpool > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

73 miles | 1 h 21 min

Vanderpool > River Walk (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > River Walk (San Antonio)

87 miles | 1 h 40 min

Vanderpool > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

85 miles | 1 h 33 min

Vanderpool > Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site

85 miles | 1 h 33 min

Vanderpool > Hill Country State Natural Area

33 miles | 47 min

Vanderpool > Hill Country State Natural Area

33 miles | 47 min

Vanderpool > Hill Country State Natural Area

33 miles | 47 min

Vanderpool > Hill Country State Natural Area

33 miles | 47 min
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