Bastrop State Park is an almost 7000 acres park a mile east of Bastrop and 30 miles from Austin. Bastrop is situated among tall pines and rolling hills and includes cabins, RV pull through sites, tent sites, and a small 10 acre pond for fishing. Bastrop is a Texas Outside Favorite because of it’s scenic beauty, nice sites, great trails, and local golf courses.
We come to Bastrop to camp, hike the trails, and golf. Typically, we will spend one day hiking some of the 10 different trails, cooking some good grub, and playing games around the campsite.
The trails are fun and not very strenuous as they meander through the pine and oak woodlands and up and down the hills. There are a variety of well marked loops that range from a quarter mile to over 6 miles. Biking is not allowed because of the erosive soils.
Bastrop State Park is also home to Lost Pines Golf Course which we rated 5.5 stars - it is inexpensive but not in the best condition. The front nine is not real exciting or challenging but the back nine is great and very pretty and fun to play. Read our review of Lost Pines by clicking here.
Occasionally, we will head to downtown Bastrop to explore the shops, restaurants, or nightlife.
If you have time, there are lots of things to see and do in Bastrop - visit Texas Outside's Bastrop Outside Guide to find a list of fun things to see and do. If you like road trips or road biking, there is a very scenic 13 mile drive from Bastrop State Park to Buescher State Park. Check out some of the other great golf courses in or near Bastrop - we love Colo Vista and Wolfdancer and they are within 10 minutes of the Park. Or you can drive to Austin to play any of their great courses. Here is a map of some of the other courses in Central Texas.
Just down the road toward Austin is McKinney Roughs Nature Park where you can explore 15 miles of trails by foot or horseback or take a guided raft, canoe or kayak trip down the Colorado river. Their wildlife exhibit features live creatures native to the area, including snakes, turtles, salamanders, toads and frogs and a 1,300 gallon aquarium filled with species of fish found in the Colorado River. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to get close to some of the area's indigenous species.
If you like horseback ridding then visit White Lightning Ranch for some trail rides for all skill levels, lessons and more. They are on the Hyatt Regency property and offer rides of various lengths on the Hyatt's trails and the McKinney Rough Trails, including a stop to let the horses play in the Colorado River. Saddle up!