Destination :: Bastrop State Park

  • Bastrop State Park: A small lizard pauses on a pile of dirt and rocks. The body is green and white striped fading to red.

    Lizard. June 2017. Image 1/7

  • Bastrop State Park: A few sparse Brown-Eyed Susan flowers are in focus in the foreground; burnt logs and tree trunks are visible in the background.

    Brown-Eyed Susans and Burnt Logs/Trees. June 2017. Image 2/7

  • Bastrop State Park: Silhouetted bare tree branches cross the picture against a blue sky. A small woodpecker perches upside down on a center branch.

    Woodpecker on Branch. June 2017. Image 3/7

  • Bastrop State Park: A small, silhouetted bird perches on a branch. Green branches are visible in the foreground and blue skies and light clouds in the background.

    Bird on a Branch. June 2017. Image 4/7

  • Bastrop State Park: Bare, white tree branches stand out against a blue sky with light cloud cover.

    Branches Against a Blue Sky. June 2017. Image 5/7

  • Bastrop State Park: An upside-down V-shaped burnt log or tree stump. Green trees and grass are visible in the background.

    Burnt Tree Stump/Log. June 2017. Image 6/7

  • Bastrop State Park: A single burnt stump sits in the foreground, with white trees and green grass in the background.

    Burnt Stump. June 2017. Image 7/7

Bastrop State Park in Texas is famous for its “Lost Pines,” as the isolated loblolly pines in the area are known.1 Portions of the historic Spanish travel route, El Camino Real, pass through the park.2

In recent years the park was devastated by fire and flood, and portions of the park are still closed due to unrepaired damage.

Bastrop and nearby Buescher State Parks are often referenced together, as they are closely related through their ecology and history. A scenic road, popular with bikers, links the two parks together.

Brief History

1933-1935
The park is established with lands acquired from private landowners and the City of Bastrop.
1933
The Civilian Conservation Corps companies 1805 and 1811 begin construction on Bastrop and nearby Buescher State Parks.3
1937
The park opens to the public.
1991
A historical marker is placed in recognition of the Civilian Conservation Corps efforts at the park.4
September 25, 1997
Bastrop is awarded National Historic Landmark Status.5
2011
Wildfire severely impacts the park.

Location

100 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, Texas, 78602
United States

Website

Evaluation

Once or Twice is Enough

Nicely maintained trails with a few small (but not strenuous) hills to provide some changes in elevation. There was evidence of fire damage during my visit; park rangers mentioned they had done a recent controlled burn. Nice facilities, including a swimming pool, make this a great place to take the family for a day trip. Campgrounds (Deer Run) were overcrowded for my taste, with spots much too close together.

Visits: 1 Visited: June 2017

Quick Statistics

Size
6,600 acres
Trails
7 miles6

Notes

  1. "Lost" in the sense that they are 100 miles from any other similar pines. We know where they are, obviously.
  2. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "History," TPWD.
  3. Interpretive Guide, TPWD.
  4. "The CCC at Bastrop State Park," Texas Historic Sites Atlas.
  5. "Listing of National Historic Landmarks," NPS.
  6. Bastrop State Park Trails Map, TPWD.

References

  • Bastrop State Park Trails Map. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 2017. Accessed November 17, 2017. Link.
  • "Details for The CCC at Bastrop State Park (Atlas Number 5021009166)." Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. Accessed November 18, 2017. Link.
  • "History." Bastrop State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. September 19, 2017. Accessed October 8, 2017. Link.
  • Interpretive Guide to Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 2015. Accessed November 17, 2017. Link.
  • "Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Texas." National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.