Bastrop State Park, Bastrop
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Work out when and for how long to visit Bastrop State Park and other Bastrop attractions using our handy Bastrop tourist route planner.
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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... read more »
Definitely visit this park ASAP. Then go back once a year, or once every few years. You have an amazing opportunity watch a forest recover from fire. The park is nice, though it is still a long way fr... read more »
This was a Saturday night camp out with the intention of watching Mexican Free Tail Bats take flight. I waited too late to make reservations at the more popular parks for this. So we booked here - eas... read more »
Tina Ann McRee
Absolutely love this place. Have been here many times for many years for many reasons: hiking, biking golf, swimming, camping, even got married in the beautiful hall here. Beautiful park beautiful building great pool. It's part of our family. We've made so many memories here.
We stayed in the cabin area for Labor day and saw several people staying there with dogs...i love dogs but we boarded ours cuz of a no pets allowed. .yet every one there had a dog..at the cabin area..😕..and pool area is restricted to 30 people per lifeguard. .so be ready to wait...this place doesn't have bike trails. .you ride on the road..very dangerous 😨..cabin area was beautiful 🍁
Pros: -Great hiking trails -Copperas Creek has nice sites in trees which make for perfect afternoon shade (and breeze if there's one). -Site 52 has side-by-side parking with hookups on (wrong) right side. Big site with table and ring a distance away. -Great updated bathroom facilities Cons: -Road noise! 71 runs along the park and is very noisy. If you want the quiet you expect enjoy at a SP I would recommend Buescher SP next door
So peaceful and hardly even being used.... has really cute cabins and a nice camping area
Everyone has to visit this park it's so beautiful The bathroom was very nice it was climate controlled and well kept it is also huge. It's cool to see the huge trees wonderful landscape, just trust me you have to see it, but I'd recommend that you go in the Fall/Winter
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