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Bastrop State Park

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.


3005 Hwy 21 East
Bastrop TX 78602

512/321-2101

History
Over 2,000 acres 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.


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The State of Texas purchased an additional 1,450 acres in 1979 and another 1,000 acres (400 ha) 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 5,926 acres.

Bastrop State ParkFeatures
The park's trails include an 8.5-mile loop through the park's undeveloped area. There is also an 18-hole golf course, open all year round, which winds through the forest. There is a large swimming pool open during the summer months.

Bastrop State Park is 4 miles to the west of Buescher State Park, and the two are connected by a scenic road.

Flora
The main feature of the park is the stands of Loblolly Pines (Pinus taeda). This pine woodland is isolated from the main body of East Texas pines by approximately 100 miles (160 km) of Post Oak (Quercus stellata) woodlands giving the Bastrop State Park Loblollies the nickname the "Lost Pines of Texas."

In the forested areas, numerous species of fungi may be found.

Fauna
Bastrop State Park is home to the largest mating group of the endangered Houston toad on public land. Areas of the park are closed to the public during the toad's mating season in February, March and April. The park also has White-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels, Virginia Opossums and Nine-banded Armadillos. Northern Cardinals are one of the species of birds found in the park.

Activities
The park provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing (park rents canoes), swimming (pool), golfing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and interpretive programs.

Biking
Whether you are a beginner or an expert rider, you will find what you are 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.

Scenic Drives (Field Trips on Wheels)
Get in the car and go for a leisurely drive along Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. This scenic 12-mile drive will take you through the beautiful Lost Pines of East Central Texas. Turn down the radio and enjoy the serenity of the forest along this quiet drive. Call the park for more information.

Fishing
Bring your pole and enjoy some good ol' fishing along the banks of Bastrop State Park Lake. If you can't reach them from the bank, you can rent one of the canoes and relax out in the open waters. Call the park for more information.

Golf
A golf course, operated by the Lost Pines Golf Club, is one of the finest and most scenic 18-hole golf courses in Central Texas. The course is 6152 yards long, has Bermuda grass greens, is playable year-round, and has electric and pull carts available for rent.

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