Bastrop State Park
100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop, TX 78602
A great place to explore in Bastrop, Texas.
Fish, swim, hike or explore at this great state park near Austin.
Release some energy at Bastrop State Park (a six-minute drive from Simply Sweet Cupcakes, and less than twenty minutes from the nearby Dinosaur Park). Once inside Bastrop State Park, visitors can swim, fish, ride bikes or explore the park’s seven miles of trails. Camping and picnicking are also available. Like most state parks right now, reservations are recommended (call 512-389-8900) and social distancing measures are enforced.
In 2011, the State Park and its many acres of loblolly pines were hit hard by wildfires, the remnants of which are still visible to visitors. Today, the area is brimming with new growth pines and other native flora. It’s a great way for little explorers to learn about the resilience of nature while enjoying the many trails, which range from flat and smooth to steep and rocky.
Though the lake is currently empty due to a dam malfunction, the Bastrop YMCA runs a large swimming pool onsite. Due to COVID, the pool is only operating at 25% capacity (fifty people max) and reservations are required for entry; see website for details. Swimmers get an hour, plus fifteen minutes to check-in and out. There’s an additional $2-$5 fee for pool use.