With natural beauty like Bastrop’s, the call to play outside is an especially welcome one. Wander among the Lost Pines, drift along the Colorado River, and get a generous lung full of that gorgeous fresh air. Here are our picks for the best places to play in Bastrop for National Play Outside Day on February 5th, 2023.

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Bastrop State Park

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For more than 70 years, folks have visited Bastrop State Park to enjoy its history and marvel at the Lost Pines. The park lies in the heart of the Lost Pines, an isolated stand of tall loblolly pines in Central Texas. Scenic hiking trails weave through scented trees and primitive campsites offer a secluded getaway for visitors. Most of the park's strikingly beautiful facilities were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, including 13 rustic cabins that overlook a lake. Popular activities include camping, picnics, swimming, riding bikes, hiking, fishing, geocaching, taking in a nature program, and looking for wildlife. Stay overnight at a campsite or historic cabin. Campsites range from walk-in tent sites to full hookup RV sites. Bring a group to stay at the group barracks (with dining hall, dorms and space for tents). Hike seven miles of trail. Explore the growing forest, look for the new generation of loblolly pines, and witness the resilience of nature. Pick up a Trails Map before you set out. The swimming pool is open May to September. Bike or drive scenic Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher state parks. The hilly 12-mile road takes you through recovering and forested areas of the Lost Pines. Turn down the radio and enjoy this quiet drive. Fish in the ½-acre Lake Mina. The park lends fishing equipment, and you do not need a license to fish from shore in a state park.
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