Hiking,  Outdoors,  Texas,  Travel & Places

Monkey Rock | Lost Maples State Natural Area


A couple of weekends ago we went to Lost Maples State Natural Area which is located in Vanderpool, Texas, a town west-northwest of San Antonio and south of I-10.

Along the east loop, not far from campsite A, we found a sign delineating something called Monkey Rock. A middle aged couple were coming from the opposite direction headed towards the rock too, and I asked them if they had been before, to which they replied they hadn’t and were just as curious as us. The sign didn’t specify distance or anything else so I had no idea if we were in for a hike up the bluffs or what.

Instead we found ourselves descending into the creek bed and found ourselves face to face with….a monkey rock!


I tried to find some legitimate information on Monkey Rock but I didn’t find anything other than a lot of other hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts writing on blogs or sharing photos. This monkey rock is probably the most photographed monkey rock in the world….or at least Texas!


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