Bastrop State Park - Backpacking/Camping

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This is a beautiful park to backpack and experience the Lost Pines of Central Texas!

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Taylor Reilly


7.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

30.9 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

1 days

One to two days


All Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only


Fees Permits


$4 Entrance Fee

Topographical Map

Bastrop State Park map

Land Website

Bastrop State Park



Bastrop State Park and the Lost Pines region were severely burned by wildfires that affected almost the entire park in 2011. The park is still recovering from the fire and will be for many years to come. Visiting the park is an easy way to support the restoration of the park and to teach children and visitors the devastating effects that wildfires have on natural landscapes and local communities.

What Makes It Great

There are several trails here, and primitive camping is available for overnight backpacking trips as well. Bastrop State Park Lake is a good lake for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, and the park allows you to rent kayaks and canoes if you don't have one of your own.

There is a 12-mile scenic road between this park and Buescher State Park that makes for very nice bike ride for experienced cyclists.

Who is Going to Love It

This park offers a wide range of outdoor educational opportunities for children and families that want to learn more about how to spend their time outdoors in Texas State Parks. Enjoy your time with the family in Bastrop State Park!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Bastrop State Park is 37 miles outside of Austin and is one mile east of Bastrop on Texas 21.The park is also accessible from the east on Texas 71 or by way of Buescher State Park along Park Road 1.

Sometimes when you enter “Bastrop State Park” in a GPS when coming from the west, you may be routed off of HWY 71 to the unpaved Harmon Road. This road will bring you into the back of the park through Park Road 1C. This route isn't recommended. When using a GPS, try entering in “Park Rd 1 Bastrop, TX 78602."

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Bastrop State Park

3005 Texas 21
Bastrop, TX, 78602
30.112305, -97.289929

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