In Bastrop County, Bastrop State Park has been a feature of central Texas for more than 70 years. Only 32 miles from Austin, Bastrop State Park offers camping, picnicking, bicycling, fishing, hiking, geocaching, and more. The park includes historic cabins, campsites that range from rustic to fully equipped with all RV hookups and even a group barracks for group rentals.
Bastrop State Park has suffered damage in recent years from flooding and wildfires, but the park is open and ready for visitors. The park contains seven miles of trails to choose from where hikers can explore the new growth of loblolly pines. The swimming pool is open May through September and Lake Mina is open for fishing.
The park is open daily and is busiest during the spring, summer, and fall. The price for entrance to the park is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Group rates or driving tours are $3. Reservations may be made in advance through the park’s website or by phone.
Just as with any other state park in Texas, pets are not allowed inside any of the buildings. For the protection of your pets and the local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet and be wary of snakes or other hazards on trails. Not all trails are suitable for dogs’ paws.
Always come prepared with your own waste bags, and always clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted rules and other visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others. If you’re in central Texas, Bastrop State Park is a great place to camp or spend the day.