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Bastrop State Park: Scenic Overlook Trail & Lost Pines Loop

Easy/Intermediate
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6.3 mile 10.1 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 374' 114 m
Descent: -380' -116 m
High: 586' 178 m
Low: 428' 130 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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An easy to moderate lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas.

Amy German

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Some parts of the park are closed due to fire damage.

Overview

This park used to be filled with towering lollybolly pines but a wildfire destroyed them in 2011. Evidence of fire damage is everywhere, but a baby forest is starting to rise from the ashes.

Need to Know

There is a $5 entry fee.

Description

The Scenic Overlook Trail (red trail) connects to the Lost Pines Loop (purple trail) to make a nice 6.2 miles loop. There is some fire and flood damaged terrain, but it is not unappealing. The trails are well marked and maintained and the color-coded paths are easy to follow. The wooden bridges have all been rebuilt and the sandy/rocky trail is clear of fallen trees. There is a nice mix of surfaces and terrain. There is not much shade so bring your sunscreen and lots of water.

Flora & Fauna

White-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, and armadillos live in the woods, as do many species of birds.

History & Background

A wildfire in 2011 destroyed 96% of the forest, but it has been replanted.

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Land Manager: Texas State Parks

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Mar 15, 2019
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The baby forest rising our of the ashes of the old wildfire damaged pines.
Mar 15, 2019 near Bastrop, TX

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