Bastrop Outdoor Activities
Bastrop is known for its stunning natural environment and abundant outdoor activities. The town of Bastrop’s location on the banks of the Colorado River makes it an ideal destination for getting outside to hike, bird-watch, kayak, or camp.
BASTROP STATE PARK: LOST PINES
Home to the famous “Lost Pines,” Bastrop State Park is one of the region’s premier destinations. Covering nearly 6,000 total acres, visitors can spend an afternoon exploring the famous loblolly pine trees or stay the night in one of the park’s various campgrounds or historic cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. The park also provides opportunities for backpacking, picnicking, canoeing, swimming, golfing, wildlife viewing, or hiking. No visit to Bastrop is complete without a trip into Bastrop State Park.
BUESCHER STATE PARK
Neighboring Bastrop State Park, the region is also home to another beautiful piece of land, Buescher State Park. At over 1,000 acres the park provides over 50 campsites, four screened shelters, group picnic area, and large recreation hall with a kitchen. Boating, fishing, hiking, geocaching, trail riding, and more will satisfy even the most avid outdoors people.
For more park time, don’t miss McKinney Roughs. A day-use park on the Colorado River, visitors can explore nearly 18 miles of beautiful trails among scenic pines and bluffs. The park also offers a number of engaging community programs and educational opportunities where you can learn about the region’s conservation efforts.
EL CAMINO REAL PADDLING TRAIL
Looking for a little R&R on the river? Look no further than the slow-moving El Camino Real Paddling Trail. Let your worries drift away as you glide with the flow of the Colorado River. Plan an outing to go fishing for Guadalupe bass or flathead catfish, or simply enjoy the wildlife along the river. Keep your eyes open to spot Great Blue Herons, Red-shouldered Hawks, or kingfishers perched between pecan and elm trees. As the river moves downstream, the banks of the river steepen and become very scenic with high sandstone bluffs and cliffs.
If you need a break from all of the shopping you’ve been doing in downtown Bastrop, make a quick jaunt over to Fisherman’s Park on the Colorado River. Fisherman’s Park provides ample opportunity to reflect quietly, stroll the riverwalk, rent a canoe or kayak, or take the family to the kiddie splash pad and playground, and all so close and convenient that you can quickly pop back to town when you’re done.
For those looking for some more invigorating outdoor adventure, Rising Phoenix Adventure Tours and Events or Bastrop River Company can help plan an unforgettable experience for you. Rent water-sports equipment or go on guided tours with an experienced, local guide while you explore the beauty of the region.
AUSTIN & BASTROP GOLF COURSES
Austin and Bastrop offer a range of Texas golf courses unique to their specific regions, including Hyatt’s award-winning Wolfdancer golf course designed by Arthur Hills, ColoVista, Grey Rock, Star Ranch, Blackhawk, Pine Forest, Roy Kizer, Bluebonnet Hill and Barton Creek Country Club.
CYCLING THE LOST PINES REGION
The panoramic landscapes, smooth roads and challenging conditions of the Lost Pines Region and Austin welcome all levels of riders. Please Note: Biking of any kind is not permitted on the trails of McKinney Roughs Nature Park.
For more information about Bastrop sites, sounds, dining and events, visit www.visitbastroptx.com.