The town received its name (from early settler L.B. Vanderpool)
when a post office was granted in 1885. On the Sabinal River in
the exceptionally scenic Hill Country of western Bandera County.
Largely utilized for sheep, goat and cattle ranching, area is
a favorite of deer hunter during the hunting season, and year
round gateway to popular Lost Maples State Natural Area.
- LOST MAPLES STATE NATURAL AREA - While they are 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 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 encouraged
and cautioned to stay on prescribed paths to ensure the continued
vigor of the maple stands. Fall color is usually at its peak in
early November. The park is usually crowded in autumn when fall
foliage is the best. It is recommended to see scenery during weekdays.
Reservations are needed at this time of year for overnight stays.
Also, nature sometimes plays tricks and autumn colors don't always
attain their usual brilliance. For information and reservations
- SCENIC DRIVES - While the Hill Country is laced with
scenic drives, the east and west route of F.M. 337 is unquestionably
among the most spectacular..massive wooded steeps enfolding tiny,
secluded valleys..beautiful!! Remember to take your camera! F.M.
187 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
Hill Country. A textbook example lies immediately at the west
edge of F.M. 187 exactly 8.9 miles north of Lost Maples State
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