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Bastrop State Park
Bastrop State Park
BASTROP STATE PARK
BASTROP STATE PARK
3005 Hwy 21 East
Bastrop, Texas   78602

Phone: 512-321-2101
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Bastrop State Park is 3503.7 total acres (land acreage, 3493; water acreage, 10); approximately 30 miles southeast of Austin in Bastrop County. It is the site of the famous "Lost Pines," an isolated timbered region of loblolly pine and hardwoods. The park was acquired by deeds from the city of Bastrop and private owners from 1933 to 1935; the park opened in 1937. Additional acreage was acquired in 1979. Original improvements at the park were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Events
March 26
Visiting the Past, Hiking for the Future
Come on out and join us for an athletic hike at Bastrop State Park! We're going up to Fehr's Overlook and you should come too!

Visit a lasting piece of the past at Fehr's Overlook while working toward a healthy new you! This moderately athletic hike will begin at the Playground at Bastrop State Park, follow multiple trails up to Fehr's Overlook, and then you'll have the option to continue on another path of your choosing alone, or stick with the guide and make your way back down the way you came.

Difficulty: Moderate/Athletic, uneven terrain, loose rock, elevation changes, narrow paths, but great views!

Distance: 1.58 miles to Fehr's Overlook (3.16 miles round trip)

Where/When to Meet: Playground at Bastrop State Park. We will depart at 2:00pm.

Duration: This hike could take up to 2 1/2 hours depending on the pace of the group.

What to Bring: Close toed sturdy shoes, water, a snack if desired, ambition

Special Note: This hike is not suitable for strollers. Know your own personal physical limits.

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 321-2101
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

March 26
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the short loop (Yellow Trail -> Red Trail -> Black Trail) at Bastrop State Park!

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along the short loop (Yellow Trail -> Red Trail -> Black Trail) at Bastrop State Park!

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the Playground parking lot near the Piney Hill Camping Area.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 1 mile in length.

Difficulty: Easy hike. Some elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along if they're confident walkers!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 321-2101
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

April 2
Basics of Outdoor Photography
Whether you've just picked up your first camera or are an intermediate shooter who simply wants to know more about outdoor photography, this class is for you.

Learn from accredited photographer's Bud Force and Erich Schlegel whose work can be seen in National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker magazine, The Travel Channel, USA Today and Outside Magazine, among others.

Whether you've just picked up your first camera or are an intermediate shooter who simply wants to know more about outdoor photography, this class is for you.

Skills covered:

- Types of cameras

- Composition basics

- The exposure triangle and how to get great exposure every time

- Equipment foundation (with focus on the outdoors)

- Field Tactics

- Post production and editing solutions

Visit http://www.txoutdoorphotoworkshops.com/register/basics-of-outdoor-photography for more details and a link to register!

Cost: $150.00

More information about this event.

Contact:Outdoor Adventure Photography Workshops
http://www.txoutdoorphotoworkshops.com/contact/

April 2
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the short loop (Yellow Trail -> Red Trail -> Black Trail) at Bastrop State Park!

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along the short loop (Yellow Trail -> Red Trail -> Black Trail) at Bastrop State Park!

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the Playground parking lot near the Piney Hill Camping Area.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 1 mile in length.

Difficulty: Easy hike. Some elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along if they're confident walkers!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 321-2101
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

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Trails
Whether you're a beginner or an expert rider, you will find what your looking for on Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. Enjoy the 12 mile scenic ride through the Lost Pines of East Central Texas. This roller coaster ride is part of the MS-150 (famed bike race from Houston to Austin.). The scenery is unmatched. Call the park for more information.
Nature Programs
The beautiful Lost Pines of Texas bring visitors back to the park year after year. The loblolly pine woodland is isolated from the main body of East Texas Pines by approximately 100 miles of rolling, post oak woodlands. This pine-oak woodland covers approximately seventy square miles and is part of most westerly stand of loblolly pines in the state. A quiet woodland and rugged hills make this park one of the most beautiful in Texas. Many species of wildlife such as white-tail deer, rabbits, squirrels, opossums and armadillos scurry through the woods. A checklist of the bird life of Bastrop and Buescher State Parks is available at the park headquarters.
Area Attractions
Nearby attractions include Lake Bastrop, which offers 900 surface acres of water suitable for boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. A pleasant 13-mile scenic drive through forest leads to Buescher State Park, another beautiful forested area. Other parks within a 50-mile radius include Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway, McKinney Falls State Park and Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites. The nearby communities of Bastrop and Smithville boast many historic buildings and convenient locations for dining and shopping. The State Capitol at Austin is 32 miles away. You may want to refer to nearby parks.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 9 Amazindtastic by roflcopter
It rocks
March 15 Great cabins built in 1930s. by JASON Z.


Area Campgrounds
Buena Vista RV Park
678 Old Sayers Road
Elgin, TX
512-294-8354
Weather Forecast, (78602)

Directions
The park is one mile east of Bastrop on Texas 21, also accessible from the east on Texas 71 or by way of Buescher State Park along Park Road 1.

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