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“Bedbugs in Cabin 9!”
Review of Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park
Ranked #2 of 29 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 July 10, 2010

Bedbugs in Cabin 9! We rented 4 cabins for a week for a family reunion. The cabin with the neices and nephews had bedbugs. The kids had bites but we thought they were chiggers. It took us until the end of the week to diagnose bedbugs. We complained and were told a supervisor would contact us later in the day but that never happened, very frustrating. The cabins don't use mattress pads and the bottom sheets are not fitted. The windows are dirty inside and out. We didn't complain, just cleaned our own windows. The windows are obviously not cleaned because there is a lot of paint overspray on some. Spiderwebs inside the cabins. Clean floors, clean bathrooms, clean kitchens. Very dirty filters in the AC. Overall? Avoid, it was a bad experience.

8  Thank Robbyisme
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

We have stayed in quite a few State Parks, and this was one of the cleanest we have ever been in. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained. The park itself is beautiful with rolling terrain and towering pine trees. I was shocked to see what looked like a really nice golf course (although I'm not a golfer). Also we were there in November and had no need for the swimming pool or lake. We did do some hiking and I would even consider coming back to do some backpacking on the longer trails. Our only complaint is that we stayed in the Copperas Creek camping area which is located extremely close to the highway. You could REALLY hear the trucks and loud motorcycles, etc. going by all the time - even late at night. This detracted from the nature experience. However, when we were hiking and got further into the park, you could hardly hear it at all, so you could probably pick a different area and avoid the noise. All in all, I recommend this beautiful park.

2  Thank whspot
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We have been enjoying Bastrop State Park for years. I camped there as a Girl Scout when I was younger and now enjoy taking my 3 daughters there for an annual trip. The pine trees are just amazing. We enjoy the well marked trails, most are doable with elementary age children. We enjoy taking a road trip along the park road between Buescher SP and Bastrop SP, it is very peaceful and scenic. Our favorite area of the park is the Copperas Cove camping section. Has playground, hiking trails and lot of old brick/stone constructed buildings to look at. There is a small pond that you can fish at. We are looking forward to visiting this month.

1  Thank my3girlsAustin
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Reviewed June 19, 2009

Just got back from a 2 night 3 day stay at Bastrop. We rented out 3 campsites side by side for our huge group of family. We all drove over 4 hours from Dallas to Bastrop. Before we booked we looked at the website for the Texas Parks and Wildlife and it made it seem like this state park had a lake because it talked about boat rentals, paddle rentals, canoe rentals etc. It also talked about a large swimming pool that have onsite. It also mentioned a basketball court. We immediatly booked this thinking it would have something for everyone in our group.

When we get there the place is just beautiful. Golf course is very well kept even though I do not play golf and wouldn't go on a camping trip to golf but hey thats just me. After picking out our campsites we started setting up. After set up we were sweating so bad all we wanted to do was go to the pool. We all loaded up in 3 cars and drove over there. Only to find out that you have to pay $2.00 per person to use the pool per day. $2.00 for kids 10 and under and $2.00 for adults who have proof of a campsite or cabin purchase. $4.00 for non park users. We did not bring our cash with us so we had to load back in the car and head back to the campsite to the 4th vehicle we had and open the safe. Had they mentioned this on their website things would have went smoother. The pool is only open from 12-6 the weekend we were there. The next day we went and got there at 11:50am. There was already a line by the front door so we park and jumped in line. Some lady came and opened the doors and said something but didn't talk loud enough for anyone to hear her except first 2 people in line then shut the door. This was 12:05 when she did that. They didn't open the front gate until 12:20 for some reason. Once we got done payign and went to the area were the pool was there was only about 20 tables total spread out around 4 corners of the pool. The first people in line were a birthday party and they sent their kids in there while they were paying and they claimed all of the tables except 2. That was unfair. I felt they should have regulated that somehow. But the pool was very nice. Weird thing is its 4 feet around the edge and it sinks to 8 feet in the middle of the pool. So no one was swimming in the middle. There were just groups and groups of people around the entire edge of the pool swimming and playing were they could touch ground. They had 2 kiddy pools from 1-3 ft deep which my daughter loved and they had onsite life guards and they also sold snacks drinks and pool supplies at the counter which was nice. The whole rest of the stuff about the pool just upset me really bad. I felt that was false advertising to a big extreme. Also the basketball court... no where to be found. Search everywhere. They don't even have it on their park map. Also the lake.. YEAHHHHHH didn't find the lake until the day we left and the only reason we found that is because we had to go to Wal Mart up the road for some stuff and went the wrong way and ended up finding another Bastrop park. We convinced the guard to let us have a map and drive in the park for free just to check out the lake. Pretty small lake from the parts I saw and it was super crowded which is expected. But it would have been nice to know it was there on day 1 so we could have got up and out there early. So just make sure you are okay with paying for everything extra when booking here. Its bad enough that camping isn't just site rental anymore. You have daily occupancy fees, daily vehicle fees on top of the rising campsite prices. Travler beware. We will def not be coming down from dallas to this place again. Possibly in the winter to the other park because the other park has water front cabins for 45 bucks a night.

3  Thank Hunnybunch776
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

We tent camped for Thursday night only and had a great time. This parks is very clean and the restrooms were nice for a campground. We camped and site 39 and liked the site, it was nice and shaded. It is located next to a trailhead though, so we had some other campers cutting across our campsite. It didn't get crowded until Friday, when the weekend crowd started checking in. Good place for kids. We hiked part of the Scenic Overlook Trail. Somewhat hilly for the kids (7 and under), but fun overall. Bastrop was a short drive from Austin, and the campground was close to lots of places to shop for camp supplies>

1  Thank claurenm
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