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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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  • Nice State Park almost in Bastrop. There is evidence of the fire they had about 5 years ago but it makes you realize we must be cautious in our parks! Nice camping sites throughout the park. Most are ...  more »
  • Bastrop State Park was an excellent place to hike! The forest burned down a few years ago and it's really interesting to watch the forest regrow, slowly rising back up. We went in October and there we...  more »
  • Bastrop State Park is rated as one of the top 10 in Texas, and I'm not sure why. I'm sure it was better before 96% of it burned in 2011, but my issues stem from location. We camped in the Copperas sec...  more »
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  • My pregnant wife and I stayed in the cabin during our 3 day stay here. First off I would like to say that the cabins are very roomy. I thought they would be very small but they are not. They are actually pretty big. The only downside to the cabin is that the AC unit couldn't keep it very cold, I did expect this so I wasn't very surprised. We brough our own fan and it made everything fine. I also wish it was cold enough to use the huge fire place inside. So if you are staying in the winter the cabin would be perfect. The cabin reminded my wife of snow white. The cabins are also up on a higher point of a hill and look down at everything so you also get a good view. All in all if I where to rate and summarize my stay I would say 7/10, definitely worth the money, and very beautiful landscape.
  • Very cool to walk through even after the fire. The damage is amazing to walk through. No shade on the trails though (duh all the trees are gone) there is shade in the camping areas and the playground. Since everything had to be rebuilt their facilities are extremely nice. Bathrooms are beautiful.
  • The forest is beautiful.park road 1c you can see what it was like before and after the 2011 fire. Its sad yet beautiful because the half that made it is almost suspended in time. Plus its got great camp sites
  • It may have all been burnt down but it is still beautiful and a nice place to visit.
  • Beautiful park recovering from 2 devastating fires in 2011 and 2015.