Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Bastrop State Park Reviews: 4/5

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
About
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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Troy D
6 contributions
clean and freindly
Jul 2021
enjoy our visit all the time, very clean resroom ,showers pool was clean and monitor all the time trails was nice direction was on point
Written July 26, 2021
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Dennis M
Rockwall, TX33 contributions
Nice Park
Jul 2021
Bastrop State Park is a great park for day visits or overnights! Trails, water activities, picnicking, and relaxation . . . great for singles, couples, and/or families. If you can't spend the night, at least spend the day.
Written July 11, 2021
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OnlyWifey
Little Suamico, WI492 contributions
Great park for families!
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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Dick P
Amite, LA374 contributions
Still suffering from a wildfire.
Apr 2021
This park was hit by a major wildfire in 2008 and has not yet recovered. It is still pretty barren. We did not find it to be scenic.
Written April 26, 2021
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A Foggy Path
Austin, TX1,322 contributions
A comeback for the ages
Feb 2021
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
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Inspire587709
786 contributions
Lost Pines Forest
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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J E
Austin, TX2,676 contributions
recoving well
Nov 2020
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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wacotom
Leander, TX1,064 contributions
Rating for hiking ONLY much higher for the overall Park
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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S4136XSdavidb
Texas363 contributions
First return trip in years
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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M J
Austin, TX7,326 contributions
The park is recovering from the 2011 fire
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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