I figured we should start off with one of the main reasons people visit Bastrop… Bastrop State Park. If you enjoy the great outdoors, Bastrop State Park is the place to go. Bastrop State Park is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Austin in Bastrop County. It is 5,926 acres and the site of the famous “Lost Pines,” an isolated region of loblolly pine and hardwoods.
Camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking, swimming, and golf are just a few of the fun things to do at Bastrop State Park. There are plenty of campsites, including those with water and electricity, cabins, lodges, and even a group barracks and dining hall. You can play a few rounds of golf at Lost Pines Golf Club, grab your pole and go fishing along the banks of Lake Bastrop, or rent a canoe and relax out in the open waters. The swimming pool, which reaches as deep as 8 feet and contains a wading area for small children, is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The icing on the cake is the scenery on Park Road 1C, a 12-mile scenic drive/ride through the Lost Pines that is part of the MS-150.
I’ve been to Bastrop State Park with my family numerous times, and we always have a good time. We’ve had picnics, gone swimming and hiking, and played on the playground. Even with young kids (mine are 1, 3 and 5-years old), Bastrop State Park is a great place to have some good old fashioned outdoor fun. For more information, including Park Hours and Entrance Fees, click here.