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.
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.
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.
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.
provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, picnicking,
canoeing (park rents canoes), swimming (pool), golfing, wildlife
viewing, hiking, and interpretive programs.
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
Scenic Drives (Field Trips on
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.
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
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.