Bastrop, Buescher, and Lake Bastrop State Parks

Bastrop, Texas

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The parks are located in the Lost Pines of Texas, a scenic remnant of a more extensive pine-oak forest that once covered much of central Texas. This isolated loblolly pine woodland lies approximately 100 miles west of the pineywoods of East Texas. Hiking trails (8.5 miles at Bastrop and 7.7 miles at Buescher) provide easy access to this unique environment. The 3,503-acre Bastrop State Park contains a 10-acre lake, the 1,730-acre Buescher State Park includes a 15-acre lake, and Lake Bastrop State Park (900 acres) includes a 750-acre lake. Bastrop County marks the western edge of the range of the endangered Houston toad, a 2-inch amphibian found only in Texas’s more isolated pine forests and sandy-ridged prairies. Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, and Purple Finch can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Bastrop, Buescher, and Lake Bastrop State Parks Professional Review and Guide

"The parks are located in the Lost Pines of Texas, a scenic remnant of a more extensive pine-oak forest that once covered much of central Texas. This isolated loblolly pine woodland lies approximately 100 miles west of the pineywoods of East Texas. Hiking trails (8.5 miles at Bastrop and 7.7 miles at Buescher) provide easy access to this unique environment. The 3,503-acre Bastrop State Park contains a 10-acre lake, the 1,730-acre Buescher State Park includes a 15-acre lake, and Lake Bastrop State Park (900 acres) includes a 750-acre lake. Bastrop County marks the western edge of the range of the endangered Houston toad, a 2-inch amphibian found only in Texas’s more isolated pine forests and sandy-ridged prairies.

Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, and Purple Finch can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Bastrop
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and early May for spring migrants and nesting activities
Local Contacts: Bastrop and Lake Bastrop state parks and Buescher State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Bastrop, Buescher, and Lake Bastrop State Parks

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