Bastrop State Park
Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17, 2003
|Bastrop State Park is located near Bastrop,
Texas. TOWN is in Bastrop County Texas which is
near Austin, Texas. The Texas
State Parks web site has information
and a map of the park.
Bastrop has become a suburb of Austin.
|This is a great park. Park folks are nice and helpful.
The park was full Friday and Saturday night. Most folks cleared out Sunday.
We think that the Copperas Creek Camping Area is a better choice for trailers than
the Piney Hill Camping Area. Copperas Creek should be quieter (less highway noise)
and you really get the feel of the forest. Copperas Creek is all back-in spots.
Not a good place for a large rig. Also, not all spaces in this area have
sewer hookups. The cabins look to be the best we have seen in any of the parks.
This looks to be a great place for bicycling. You can't ride bikes on the trails. There is a problem with erosion. I did see bike tire tracks in muddy parts of the trails. Apparently some folks can't read. If you plan to bring a bicycle to ride the 10+ mile road between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks, bring a helmet. Some of the vehicles that passed us don't take the 20 MPH speed limit seriously. Having driven the road, I would recommend the speed limit be set to 15. The road is windy and hilly (short hills). You can't always see bicycles on the road ahead and some of the bicyclist that we passed were young and didn't know how to ride around cars.
The hiking trails are well marked. You shouldn't have to worry about getting lost. The trails are easier to walk on than other parks I've been in. Pine needles cover much of the trails. They are soft and provide relatively good traction. The good trails connect the campgrounds. The park maps actually match the trails. Also, there is a map of sorts at each trail head.
I haven't seen any wildlife other than the usual birds - Robins, crows, cardinals, and chickadees.
We plan to spend the month of November in this park.
|Below is an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) pavilion. It overlooks the pine forest. Like much of the CCC buildings on the site it is done in the National Park Service Rustic style commonly found in the National parks in the 1920's and 30's. In this park and Buescher State Park, they went a step further with the Rustic design. Many of the buildings have low roofs and broad flared out foundations. They look like they are "growing" out of the ground.|
|Park Road 1C connects Bastrop to Buescher SP. Around half way, there is a turnout/overlook. I assume this is the Colorado River Valley.|
|Buescher State Park
Buescher State Park's buildings look just like the ones in Bastrop. They were all built around the same time. Below is a pavilion in one of the camping areas.
|Below are two of the Buescher State Park ranger residences. Same architectural style as the other buildings.|
|Buescher State Park ranger station (Park Headquarters). Nice folks inside. Very helpful. Note that (at least in the winter), the ranger station is closed during lunch. Buescher has a nice lake in the center of the park. The campsites are situated around the lake. There is a parking area north west of the ranger station. The parking area is on the west side of the dam. They rent canoes here.|
|Back to Bastrop State Park
There are a number of trails in Bastrop. The trails we walked follow the stream that goes from the lake through the property. The stream seems to be lower than other areas of the park. The pine trees along the stream are very tall. When the wind blows hard, you an see and hear the wind blowing through the leaves at the top of the canopy. The wind rustling reminds me of how the ocean sounds. You really feel like you are in a forest when on the trails.
|The cabins in the Lost Pines Lodge section of the park are really cool architecturally. They blend well into the natural environment.|
|The town and county is named after this Bastrop fellow. On the right, natural looking golf grounds keeper shack.|
|Recreation Center on the left. On the right is the pool building.|
We are on campsite #4 in the Piney Hill Camping area. Below are pictures from the trails.
|Above right and below the Copperas Creek Camping Area. We plan to stay in this area instead of Piney Hill next time we come. In Piney Hill, you can hear the highway. I suspect that Copperas Creek is quieter. Also, the trees around Copperas Creek are much taller. The Copperas Creek campsites really make you feel like you are in the forest.|
|Views along the walking trails.|
|The Blue Trail ends at the South end of the Bastrop Park lake. The park has canoes for rent (just like Buescher).|
|Our campsite. This has become our normal configuration. Set up the portable fencing. Layout the green outdoor carpet. Setup the portable tables and chairs. Throw out the outdoor dog beds. Put out the trailer's awning. Light the barbecue grills. Below you find a bit of spring. A small tree is blooming. I just hope it doesn't freeze.|
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