Bastrop State Park is just down the road from Buescher State Park, and there’s actually a park road that runs between them making it easy to see both parks in one day.
TIP: If you plan to visit both Buescher and Bastrop State Parks in the same day, you will only have to pay the daily entrance fees for one park. Once you have the permit on your vehicle from one park, you will not have to pay entrance fees at the other park, just show park staff your permit and they will allow you entrance.
Bastrop State Park is an especially great park for families and groups because it has nice facilities to offer both. The stone cabins built by the CCC (You can read more about the history of CCC projects HERE) in this park are absolutely adorable and a perfect way for families to stay here. There is also a large area just for groups with cabins, a dining hall, and more.
You may notice that the trees in the background of the photo above are bare. That’s because in 2011, after an awful drought, the Bastrop area experienced the worst wildfire in Texas history. It is said that of the nearly 6,000 acres of park property, only 50 – 100 acres were left unaffected by the fires.
You may be thinking… why would someone want to visit this park when it has suffered such a great loss, and most of the trees are bare? I’ll tell you why. The park is still beautiful, even now.
There are still some trees around the lakes, the cabins, and the group camping areas. The forest is slowly but surely recovering…and by frequenting Bastrop State Park you are helping to support the efforts of Texas Parks and Wildlife to keep things going in a positive direction.
Bastrop State Park is so incredibly peaceful. As I sat watching Jackson play on the playground, the wind blew through my hair and I felt like we could just remain happy in that spot forever.
It should be noted that the Primitive Camping area in the park has not reopened since the wildfires.
Day admission to the park is $4 for anyone 13 or older. Kids are 12 and under are FREE.
For more information on Bastrop State Park visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/bastrop
You can also make park reservations by calling (512) 389-8900.
7 parks down, 86 to go!
Disclosure: I covered all admission and travel expenses to visit this state park. This post is not sponsored in any way.