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“Ugh.. makes me want to shed a few tears.”
Review of Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Bastrop
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Another Tripadvisor said it best: “it’s not the park’s fault.” The CCC structures were saved and there are patches of towering pines which offer a reminder of how majestic this park once was, but it is impossible to look beyond the destruction.
A glimmer of hope - the small pine saplings planted by caring volunteers and park staff. This park will be great again, but not for many decades. It does make me proud to see families still enjoying the park, helping to keep it going, doing their part to revive. Certainly don’t hesitate visiting Bastrop SP, but understand it’s in rehab.

3  Thank Old E
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

A round of golf, that is The Lost Pines Golf Club is a very under-appreciated course that has man challenging holes, especially on the back nine. It is also the least expensive course in Bastrop.

1  Thank olphart48
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Bastrop State Park has always been a favorite get away since 1998 and we know she will slowly recover. When we decided to stay in April we tried to look past the burned areas and support our park. We found instead that the park was being run by an inflexible group of people with inflexible rules. Most recently on a visit to Bastrop, we decided to take a ride through the park to see how she was recovering. We were stopped at the gate house and were told by the woman in charge that we must pay a $4 day use fee just to drive through the park to look at places we might reserve in the future. Why in the world would you discourage people from doing a 5 minute drive through by making them pay a day use fee? The bathrooms are torn down, only porta-potties and portable showers are available, no playground. Why would you further discourage future business by forcing people pay a $4 fee to take a quick look around? Based on this negative experience, we will not be renewing our State Park Pass next year.

5  Thank raneilTemple_TX
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

I wish I could give a better review, since the park was obviously nice before the fire. However, now there are acres and acres of burnt trees, sticking up like black spikes. The restrooms and playgrounds are being rebuilt, but currently there are portable toilets. The campgrounds didn't fare any better, there is a lack of scenery and privacy due to loss of trees and underbrush. In one campground you can see the highway. Fortunately, the historical CCC cabins and surroundings were saved.

3  Thank Mary N
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was born and raised in East Texas (have you ever noticed that Texas is the only state that capitalizes the various regions of the state?...East Texas, West Texas, North Texas, South Texas and Central Texas? What's up with that?) Anyway East Texas is blessed with a great abundance and variety of pine trees. If you have ever smelled the ozone in a pine forest then you know what fresh air really smells like. But when you leave East Texas, you leave the piney woods behind. It's all about the soil. East Texas has acidic soil and pine trees love acid; Central and West Texas have basic soil and therefore you do not expect to find pine forests in Central Texas However, there is a hugh forest of pine trees in Central Texas that we protect with a State Park designation - Bastrop State Park. We refer to Bastrop State Park as the Lost Forest of East Texas Pines. But that is not all! Bastrop State Park is also home to some great architectural buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (i.e. the CCC) during the Great Depression. These buildings are still in use and some can be rented for a holiday in the pines. One other little know fact about Bastrop State Park is that it is home to a very rare and very stupid frog. When the Texas Department of Transportation was improving SH 21 through the Park, they constructed a very nice, underground highway for the male frogs, who reside on the south side of the park to visit the female frogs who hang out on the north side. Prior to this underground travel way, a large percentage of the male frogs never made it across the road. Ask a Ranger to show you this unique lovers lane.

3  Thank kenfults
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