Bastrop State Park is a state park located in Bastrop County, Texas. The park was created in 1938 and features post oaks, junipers, and loblolly pines. It also includes several walking trails that allow visitors to explore varying landscapes. The park is a popular destination for hiking and biking.
The Lost Pines region of Bastrop State Park has undergone extensive devastation during the 2011 wildfires, and the park is still recovering from the damage. By visiting the park, you can help restore the area’s natural beauty and learn more about the effects of wildfires. The park features primitive camping areas and a lake where you can kayak and canoe. There are also canoe rentals and fishing opportunities.
Bastrop State Park has 78 single-family campsites and 50 primitive backpack sites. There are also cabins available. The park also features a Start Parks store and a playground for the kids. The park is ideal for hiking and biking with various outdoor activities. The campground also offers picnic areas and a swimming pool.
The state park also has an 8.5-mile (13.7-km) loop trail. It was once home to a public 18-hole golf course but closed in 2015. Although the course is no longer in use, it is still open to public recreation. Visitors can also swim in the lake and explore the surrounding area.
The park is located in the Lost Pines region of central Texas, a seventy-square-mile wilderness of pine and oak woodland. The Lost Pines has a long history in the park and are genetically unique. Staff from the park have been harvesting seeds from the Lost Pines for several years and use them in tree planting operations.
While the park suffered two devastating floods in 2011 and 2015, it is still popular today with hikers and campers. It earned National Historic Landmark status in 1997. The reforestation process began in 2012 and organizers aim to reforest the entire park by 2040.
Bastrop State Park is home to one of the largest mating groups of the Houston toad on public land. This means certain areas are closed to the public during mating season. Other wildlife species can be spotted at the park, including Virginia opossums and nine-banded armadillos. There are also several species of birds.
The park is located southeast of Austin. The park is about six thousand acres and contains numerous trails and paths. The park has a refectory, swimming pool, and group campgrounds. Its steep trails make it a great hiking destination. Several trails provide varying difficulty levels if you are looking for a hiking adventure.