Bastrop State Park, Texas ~ Campsite #73

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, Bastrop State Park is one of only seven CCC parks in the nation to be awarded the National Historic Landmark status.

Entrance Sign to Bastrop State Park Texas

Date of Visit: July 11-13, 2015

  • Large motor coaches and trailers may find the pull-through sites in the Piney Hill Camping area more suitable. This area is located near the pool and above most of the tree line, giving you sweeping views of the fire-damaged park.
  • Smaller RVs and trailers have the option of Copperas Creek Camping area, where a patch of loblolly pines survived the fire providing shade and back-in level concrete pads (Padilly’s site was #73). Tent camping can be found at Copperas Creek, and Deer Run (near Piney Hills).

Campsite #73, Bastrop State Park, Texas
Mrs Padilly's Camper at Bastrop State Park

A brutal Texas drought in 2011 resulted in many fires across Texas, one of which raged through Bastrop State Park. 

I didn’t know what to expect during our visit, and was concerned that the scars left by the fire would take away from our experience. This was anything but the case; the fire damage actually added another element to our visit that was worth experiencing, and the friendly park staff, well-kept campgrounds, immaculate bathroom facilities (some of the best I’ve seen), large pool, and GREAT hiking trails created memories that will never fade.

If you have thought about visiting Bastrop State Park, make your reservation, you will not be disappointed.

This panorama might seem like two photos were merged together, but it’s not. This photo actually shows what is behind my camper (not shown in the photo above). Our campsite was literally along a line where the fire swept through. Panoram of Campsite 73 at Bastrop State Park Texas

One of my favorite features about the park is its HOBBIT LIKE CABINS built the CCC, which are available for rent. On my next trip, I think I’ll leave my Casita behind so I can experience one.

Cabin #13, built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corp. These hobbit like cabins line the shores of the now empty Bastrop State Park lake.CCC built Cabin 13 in forest of Bastrop State Park


Cabin #3. I love how this cabin is buried in the ground.
CCC Cabin #3 at Bastrop State Park


Refectory Group Dining HallRefectory Group Dining Hall

Massive Red Trail Overlook Red Trail Overlook Bastrop State Park

Photo of Mrs. Padilly at Overlook, created in Waterlogue.
Waterlogue image of Red Trail Overlook by Mrs. Padilly

Long lost water well uncovered by the fires.Water Well uncovered by fires at Bastrop State Park

There is an extremely large swimming pool within the park. Built by CCC, managed by YMCA. Small entry fee is worth every penny to cool off after hiking on a hot Texas day.YMCA Pool Bastrop State Park

Of course, the thing we enjoyed most about our trip was its hiking and biking activities. The photo below shows the entrance to the Purple Trail, and sweeping signs of fire damage. The photo gallery which follows, shares imagery from our hikes.

Entrance to Purple Trail with sweeping signs of fire damage, and new growth emerging from the ashes.Entrance sign to Purple Trail Bastrop State Park

(Click on any image to start slide show with captions.)

Happy Trails! Mrs. Padilly

Mrs. Padilly's Camper created in Waterlogue

9 Comments  to  Bastrop State Park, Texas ~ Campsite #73

  1. Carol Monteferante-Easter says:

    Beautiful description. Love the picture effects.

  2. vicnic2015 says:

    I was there not long ago. The trails were closed due to all the recent rains. I was up on the topside, and loved the views. The facilities were the best I’ve ever seen. I liked the park so much, that I stayed an extra day. I hope the rangers see this blog! Thanks for writing it.

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      I agree with you on everything! Ironically, the natural disasters that hit this park made hiking it more enjoyable! Truly a unique experience. Thank you for your comments and stopping by.

  3. Pit says:

    I really like that watercolour! And thanks for sharing your views of the park,

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Thanks, Pit. I love watercolor, and I do create “real” watercolors, but the watercolors in this post are created with one of my favorite apps, Waterlogue. Takes your best photos and turns them into masterpieces in seconds! 😉

  4. Love the blog and enjoyed the park!!!

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