In September 2011 a wide-spread wildfire destroyed most of Bastrop State Park. Floods and yet another fire did more damage in 2015. However, Bastrop State Park is coming back to life for hikers and campers alike. Though some areas are still closed to the public (see Bastrop State Park website), a hiking trail system is open and well worth a visit.
The views are partially eerie with burnt trees dominating the landscape, but with the recent rain fall we see a lot of green coming out and new trees and leaves springing to life.
A park comes back to life
With the moody clouds still being around on the day we went hiking, the park did look a little gloomy.
However, as we continued on, we saw green spring up everywhere around us.
This fallen tree shows how deep the burn was for this tree.
I thought despite the gloominess, it was a wonderful hike. Amazing how nature overcomes worst atrocities and comes back to life slowly and fully.
Bastrop State Park Hike Details
Hike: Out-and-back & loop trails
Length: Any length you want
Entrance: 100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop, TX 78602
Entrance Fee: $6 per adult
When to go: All year round. In the warmer months, go early morning before it gets too hot.
Don’t forget: Plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, your camera