As we looked for an escape from the bustling city of Houston, Bastrop seemed like a perfect getaway – not too far from home and numerous state parks nearby. However, we had no idea what an amazing “small” town it would be be. With a population of just over 7,000, Bastrop has something for everyone. As you know, we love state parks, and there are two in the city and many within an easy drive.
So often, the quaint downtown area of small towns is half empty with a few good shops and several closed up for years, NOT in Bastrop! Every shop has been updated while maintaining the historic character of the city. There are restaurants, beer gardens, shops, salons, art galleries, and more. We loved driving down Main street and checking out everything.
Just off Main street, you will find Fisherman’s Park. We didn’t really know what to expect and really just ended up here because we headed out to the lake after the main park had closed. We accidentally found this magical spot! The boys could get their feet wet on the sandy beach and Candace could fish for hours. There was not a soul in sight. The park is large with options for picnic, BBQ, volleyball, fishing, kayaking, boating, and more. We watched the sunset and splashed around for hours. As the sun went down, we watched hundreds of fireflies light up the park. It was magical!
We enjoyed the best Mexican food at Casa Chapala. From table side prepared salsa to queso flameado, it was memorable and delicious meal. We were stuffed and took home a massive box of leftovers. Highly recommended. Perhaps even better than the food… the ambience!
We stayed at a small RV park directly across the street from Bastrop State Park since the state parks are all still closed for overnight use. The Pines RV Park was perfect. It is small but has everything you need. At $45 per night for the premium site, the price was right!
Bastrop and Buescher State Parks are both in Bastrop. These two parks are basically connected, but they are two separate parks. Also, McKinney Falls State Park (pictured below) is an easy driving distance. Numerous other state parks are a quick drive away for day use, which is PERFECT during the quarantine where all Texas state parks are open for day use only.
We came for the state parks, but we will be back for so many reasons! Everything is close by and accessible, the charm of the town is undeniable, and nature abounds! Until next weekend…