Bastrop State Park
Things to Do
Major wildfire and flood have damaged many areas of the park. Learn more on our Wildfire & Flood Damage page.
The park provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, picnicking, swimming (pool), wildlife viewing, hiking and interpretive programs.
If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.
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). 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 1/2-acre Lake Mina. This park participates in Angler Education "Tackle Loaner Program" so if you do not have your own equipment you can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers. Contact the park for more information. The park's 10-acre lake is dry due to dam failure.
Volunteer Information: For information on volunteer opportunities at the park contact the volunteer coordinator at (512) 237-2241.
Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks - The Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks was organized to assist in the promotion, interpretation and operation of Bastrop and Buescher state parks. As a fundraising and service group, the goal of the friends is to help in the overall operation of the parks through sponsoring events, helping fund projects and raising the awareness of Bastrop and Buescher state parks as assets to the community and surrounding areas. For more information go to the Friends of Lost Pines State Parks website.
The park rents barbecue pits.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar of events or contact the park for special tours.
Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks during the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks.”
Nearby attractions include Lake Bastrop, which offers 900 surface acres of water suitable for boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. A pleasant 12-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 .
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 Lower Colorado River Authority parks.