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Bastrop State Park, Bastrop

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Bastrop State Park is a state park in Bastrop County in Central Texas. The park was established in 1938 and consists of stands of loblolly pines mixed with post oak and junipers.HistoryOver 2000acre for the park was donated to the state by the city of Bastrop in 1938. Companies 1805 and 1811 of the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park facilities between 1933 and 1939 using native stone to blend with the landscape. The facilities were designed by architect Arthur Fehr.The State of Texas purchased an additional 1450acre in 1979 and another 1000acre in 2000 to expand the golf course from 9 holes to 18 holes. Subsequent land purchases by the state in 2001 brought the park to its current size of 5926acre.In September 2011, 96% of the park was burned by the Bastrop County Complex fire. Only around 100 acres were saved. Most CCC structures were saved, but were still threatened. The park was closed on September 4 due to the fire and did not reopen until December 2. In 2012, a campaign was begun to restore the forest within 30 years by replacing 4 million burned trees.On May 25, 2015, the earthen dam impounding Bastrop State Park Lake failed after hours of heavy rain in the area. The lake emptied and flooded across Texas State Highway 71. The water moved through a subdivision south of the highway and emptied into the Colorado River.
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  • What a beautiful recovery this park is making. We watched the birds, rabbits and squirrels enjoy the great out doors just as we did. Swimming and hiking or really just walking for this ole fart was wo...  more »
  • Very cute cabins, clean but dusty. I would bring your own pillow and cover. There is no longer a stream running through but it's peaceful and has hiking trails. Booking usually 2-3 months in advance.  more »
  • Very pretty , nice camping ! Good location just outside of Austin. Been here for a long time but kept up well !  more »
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  • 3 things: beautiful place great restroom facilities, and amazing rangers. The sites and trails were just beautiful. Even after forest fire devastation in 2011, still a lot of trees, and beautiful place. When I walked into the restrooms, couldn't believe it. Air conditioned, clean, and updated feel. Also, outside the restrooms, there was a nice breezeway with a kitchen cleaning station to help motivate #leavenotrace. The rangers awesome. We had a great tour guide, and then there was Ranger Jamie. She politely greeted us when we arrived, and then she became our hero. Concerned about our specific sites during a potential storm, she helped us relocate and carry our tents to safer ground. She also kept us posted on conditions. I would love to keep Bastrop State Park my own secret, but it would do the keepers of it a disservice. This place was just fantastic.
  • Best park ever. Stayed in cabin #4. Amazing price, so quiet both day and night, and over-all the most beautiful and peaceful place to spend as a family or to just get away from the kids for a weekend. Park growing back nicely, and they should be filling the spot by cabins back up with water before too much longer. Despite that it's a beautiful 11 mile drive down to Beuscher St. Park if you want to fish, kayak, etc.... Love this place. First time visitors, life time returners from Galveston.
  • Hands down - this is my favorite place in central Texas! My heart sank after the fire -then the dam failed during a flood. I will always patronize and show my support for this park about all others. The staff are always courteous and helpful. Highly recommended!
  • After we camped here we moved to Bastrop! Seriously. Four years ago we paid 50 bucks for a CABIN which is air conditioned and sleeps 5 adults easily (maybe 6- it's two twin over full bunk beds!) This is truly the most beautiful place in Texas despite the burnt out parts. There's swimming ( it's a very accessible shallow and deeper area) and a pool for those who don't want to swim in the lake. The hiking is easy or hard - I have been going since the first time when I was 7 months pregnant years ago so my daughter has been raised on these trails! The biking, hiking, camping, etc is perfect. There are adequate restrooms, showers, water access points, electricity access, etc. There is variation depending on what kind of camping you're up for. Cabins for the non nature types or camp sites for those who want to sleep under the stars! It's always quiet and well kept. Friendly and safe- the patrols ensure nothing gets out of hand, but they don't harass. There is also a HEB and Walmart close by for those forgotten things :)
  • The park itself and the scenery were amazing. 5/5 for hiking trails and the experience of the hike. However, at one point the purple trail turns up on a dirt road that takes you out of the park and onto the highway. Had no idea that would happen because the map given to us didn't have that labeled. One map on the trail was in the wrong place and was upside down. Beware of the purple trail. Everything else perfect, wish I could give it 5 stars, but got lost due to misleading labeling and incorrect maps.