Bastrop State Park
Bastrop State Park
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A Large portion of the Bastrop State Park was destroyed by a devasting fire in September of 2011. The community along with the State and other organizations have been replanting the trees. Although it doesn't possess the same beauty it offers an interesting perspective in how a forest is regrown. There are still a number of areas that were not burned that you can see as well as a number of the Historic buildings. This park is listed in the National Historic Registry. There is RV and tent camping available. Bastrop State Park is located next to Buescher State Park and suffered very little damage. You can see the beauty of the Lost Pines, see what a fire can do to a forest and see the Lost Pines in their toddler stage of growth. Both Bastrop and Buescher State Parks are not far from the North and South shores of Lake Bastrop where you can enjoy a wonderful weekend at the Lake.
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  • Hossein T
    Houston, Texas115 contributions
    Biannual camping with friends
    This state park is about 3 to 4 hours from Houston and Dallas. It is a good park for people who are camping for the first few time since it is close to the city with many restaurants and shopping. It has nice easy hikes with a great overview at the end of the hike. Some people drive up to the top of the hill and then hike around the lake. The shortest hike is 3 miles round trip. In the Bastrop lake one can swim, rent canoes or fish. Fishing requires a license that needs to be purchased online. Campground has great amenities, drinking water clean bathroom and shower but no electricity. During the day was hot but nice at night
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 19, 2022
  • A Foggy Path
    Austin, Texas1,325 contributions
    A comeback for the ages
    Perhaps I'm a little biased when it comes to Bastrop State Park. I grew up in Bastrop County and went to school in Bastrop. We visited Bastrop State Park a handful of times while I was growing up and I've always loved it here. Like many others have already mentioned, the park was hit hard by the Bastrop Complex Fire. 96% of the park was affected by that fire and the evidence of that is still prominent. Luckily, the CCC-built cabins and other CCC buildings survived the fire. While we've driven through the park after the fire, this was our first time hiking the trails. What was once a glorious pine forest is gone, but not to despair because there are thousands of baby pines making a comeback for the ages. Give it a few decades and this park will be wonderous yet again. In the meantime, keep in mind that there isn't much shade and that you should keep an eye out for falling trees. It's been nearly ten years since the fire and not all of the trees have come down yet. Take in the beauty of the new growth, though, as it's heartwarming to see. We didn't find the trails difficult and the scenic overviews are nice. One of them has a parking area and you don't need to hike out to it. Even if you don't like to hike, come enjoy the CCC history and the beautiful scenic drive that connects you through to Buescher State Park as well. You may want to call or check the website to see if they are doing any scheduled burns while you plan to visit. It's all weather-permitting and the call to burn is usually made the morning of the day. Just something to keep in mind!
    Written March 5, 2021
  • J E
    Austin, Texas2,754 contributions
    recoving well
    Visited for the first time since the fires in 2011. The park is nothing like it used to be but it is coming along. I do wish the golf course was still at the park. I will forever miss it. The entry is $5 per person or $70 for annual pass that can be used at any state park. The campsites looked very clean. Some day I hope to stay in one of the cabins. A nice day hanging with the family. Staff is very friendly.
    Written November 24, 2020
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Inspire587709
786 contributions
Nov 2020
New vegetation is slowly coming back from horrendous 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire, Texas' worst-ever wildfire. The cabins, nestled in loblolly pines, are still there. Lots of trails to hike. Park Road 1C connects Bastrop and Buescher State Park and is nice 20-minute scenic drive.
Written December 5, 2020
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M J
Austin, TX7,978 contributions
Mar 2020
No trip to Bastrop is complete without a visit to Bastrop State Park. I own a $70 annual park pass so entry into the park was free. My husband and I spent most of the day in the historic area of Bastrop. We have an RV but have not stayed overnight in the state park since the 2011 fire. The park is recovering but very slowly. The Piney Hill Camping area is certainly prettier and has larger campsites than the Copperas Creek Camping area. The Copperas Creek Camping area is noisy with the sounds of the traffic on Tx-71. I miss the small pond that is no longer there because a flood washed out the dirt dam.
Written March 14, 2020
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Adam B
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Jan 2020 • Friends
The park has some very nice facilities. Most of the park burned in recent years, but the burned landscape is actually really interesting to see.
I was very disappointed, though, that the sounds of nature were intermingled with freeway noise in much of the park, including portions of the hiking trails. In fact, in the campsites closest to the freeway, the noise is overwhelming when you are outside of your RV. This still shouldn't be a problem even in these sites if you like to stay inside the RV. For those that like to sit around the fire, though, make sure to AVOID the Copperas Creek Camping Area, which is roaring with freeway noise.
By the way, there are some amazing stone cabins built by the CCC in the 1930's, which are far from the freeway in a peaceful location. I would love to come back and stay in one of those during chilly weather, if they are available.
Written January 14, 2020
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,261 contributions
Jan 2020
put off a hiking trip here because I didn't think it would be all that great. well I was wrong.This older Texas State Park was built during the depression by the CCC and much of what was built is still there. The hiking... well it reminded me of back home in NC with the sandy trails and the loblolly pines. The trails although not challenging were pretty long and made the trip worthwhile. There was enough altitude change to keep it interesting. Would have given a 5 but this park incurred a devastating fire a few years back so it is highly scarred from that event but shows signs of rebounding. Also the girl at the entrance booth could have been a little more friendly. But the old architecture was amazing and the highlight of this trip.
Written January 19, 2020
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wacotom
Leander, TX1,142 contributions
Oct 2020
As has been stated numerous times the Bastrop State Park is recovering from the 2011 fires. The park service has done a great job restoring the park and services. We came just to do some hiking and ended up hiking just a little over 7 miles on the Lost Pines Loop, Scenic Overlook Trail and the Farkleberry Spur. The trail are well defined and nice to hike however there is little to no shade on these trails. We did get to see the start of the regrowth of the pine trees but it is still a decade away before they return to anything like their former glory. Part of the Lost Pines Loop was barricaded as they are preparing for a controlled burn. When we arrived the ranger said we were welcome to cross the barricade and do the complete loop as the conditions for the burn were not right as yet. We did do the whole trail but in the areas they were preparing for the controlled burn the path became mostly a bulldozed logging road and most of the trees were either knocked down or piled up. On the hot sunny day we were there it made for a less than fun hike. However we were warned about the condition of the trail. After we left the Lost Pines Loop Trail we hiked up the Scenic Overlook but again because the trees were just getting started it was nice but not special. Unfortunately the sign indicating trail directions for the Scenic Overlook Trail at the intersection with Farkleberry Spur was laying on the ground and it was misplaced so we accidently ended up doing the out and back on the Spur Trail - just be sure to read your map versus looking at the trail sign if it is not in place. We were rather tired and this was not what we wanted to do but such is life just added about 3/4 mile to our overall hike. Overall we only had about 300 feet of elevation change throughout the hike. We would have rated the trails more easy to moderate, except for the total length by combining them and the lack of shade during much of the day's hike. Be sure to pack plenty of water and maybe a light lunch. We did stop finding a couple logs with a little shade for us to enjoy a stop for lunch on the trial. We only encountered 3 people on the trail the whole day (a Tuesday midmorning to mid afternoon), and one of the guys we saw twice - he took a wrong turn as well. We probably will be picking another park to hike next time maybe the Buescher State Park just down the road from Bastrop.
Written October 21, 2020
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TX_Shamu
Dallas11 contributions
May 2022
Other people have said it but there is a new freeway right next to the park. Lots of freeway noise 24 hours a day. Also bad is that if the pool is closed, the only thing to do is hike. Since the fire, the trails are exposed so it will be hot. Uneventful topography.

You will get good cell service at least.

Lake Bastrop South Shore park operated by LCRA is nearby. Quite and has lake access. Go there instead.
Written May 16, 2022
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Ronnie L
Austin, TX4 contributions
Jan 2023
Beautiful campsites for both tent and RV's. The bathrooms are clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. We did lots of hiking and sitting around the campfire. The only drawback is the noise from highway 71, but we still really enjoyed our four day stay.
Written January 16, 2023
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S4136XSdavidb
Texas423 contributions
Jun 2020
This was the first trip back to one of our favorite state parks since the terrible wildfires in 2011. Yes, there are still lots of charred, dead pines trees, etc, but there are numerous meadows now ripe with rebirth, covered in ferns, bushes, baby pines, and wildflowers, some of which were still blooming even in late June. Additionally, there are also lots of pines trees that survived the fire. There are a number of fun hiking trails, none are strenuous, most less than 2 miles, with some light elevation changes. It was not crowded, hardly anyone there during the weekday we went. Clean bathrooms by picnic area, lots of tables in the shade. This area is a small ecological bubble with pines which are not normally found in central Texas.
Written June 25, 2020
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OnlyWifey
Little Suamico, WI503 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We've stayed here 3 times and each time the park looks better and better. It's been 10 years since the fire and lots of new growth. Nice hiking trails, easy for the kiddos Too! Bathrooms are immaculate, hosts do a great job keeping them clean. On weekends, the park provides programs too. They are rebuilding the dam now. We stayed in Piney Hill.
Written May 1, 2021
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teresa k
Bryan, TX46 contributions
Jan 2020
This was a nice hike with plenty of options. The trails were wide enough I was able to hike with dogs on leashes and still get around other hikers. The assent to the overlook was a nice incline. The dogs and I loved our afternoon.
I appreciated their clean bathrooms!
Written January 5, 2020
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