The Balance Point Equestrian Learning Center staff will teach you holistic horse-keeping as well while working and playing with their horses in a low stress environment to maximize their learning and their partnership.
At Barton Hill Farms you'll find a replica of the Wilbarger frontier fort, a sunken pirate ship sand box, kid's activities and games, a pumpkin patch, hay bales swings, etc. Open Weekends Sept. 24 - Nov 13 (Saturdays 10am - 8pm; Sundays 10am - 6pm). Baron Hill Farms is located at 1115 FM 969 near Bastrop.
The Bastrop Bark Park, at 104 Grady Tuck Lane behind the police station, is central to Bastrop Texas. The pet and people water fountains, dog wash station and separated areas for large and small dogs are great features. Hours: 7:00 a.m. till Dusk
Birding is great fun in Bastrop as there are many species of birds found in the area. Join the Bastrop County Audubon on a field trip! Held monthly, field trips enhance birding skills and create bird census data throughout the year in local and wider-ranging locations.The mission of the Bastrop County Audubon is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enjoyment of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.
El Camino Real Paddling Trail: Visit El Camino Real Paddling Trail in Bastrop! This wide, slow-moving six mile trail will take you approximately 1.5 - 4 hours depending on flow and stops for picnics or enjoying the scenery along the way. Wilbarger Paddling Trail: Visit the Wilbarger Paddling Trail in Bastrop -- this wide, slow-moving 14.3-mile trail from Utley will take you approximately 4 - 8 hours depending on flow and stops for picnics or enjoying the scenery along the way.
Experience the Colorado River in style with Bastrop River Company's kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle boards and tube rentals. Free shuttle service is included with all rentals. Custom river trips and overnight camping are also available. Located downtown behind Main Street, next to the old bridge.
Bastrop State Park is a state park in Bastrop County in Central Texas. The park was established in 1938 and consists of stands of loblolly pines mixed with post oak and junipers. Please call the park for more details at 512-321-2101.
An “experience” is probably the best way to describe Black Tree Ranch, a conference and firearms training facility. You'll find an upscale training room that seats up to 25, amazing views, hiking, cycling and horseshoes.
Bob Bryant Park is located behind the Riverside Grove neighborhood. Enjoy the beautiful walking trails or take your kids to the play area, which includes a playscape and swings. You'll also find a large picnic pavilion, soccer fields, clean public restrooms, and more.
Buescher State Park is a state park located just north of Smithville. Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher, as well as the City of Smithville, donated the 1,016.7 acres making up the park. Please call the park for more details at 512-237-2241.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Capital of Texas Zoo is home to over 500 rare and beautiful wild animals. It is a small, intimate zoo that includes a petting area where you may feed the animals.
Cedar Creek Park is Bastrop County's first County park, sitting on 46 acres of Texas Countryside, located near the intersection of FM 535 and Hwy 21. The park provides sports fields, a large pavilion for family gatherings, walking trails and a butterfly discovery garden courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX is home to Formula 1, MotoGP, X Games, Austin360 Amphitheater, RedFest, and more. Circuit of the Americas often abbreviated as CoTA is a 3.427-mile (5.515 km) motor racing circuit. The circuit was the first in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One.
The Colorado River Refuge offers a true nature experience just minutes from downtown Bastrop. With over 2 miles of riverside and cliff side trails, there is something for everyone. Even folks with limited mobility, strollers and young children can all enjoy these trails. A downloadable Trail Guide is available on the website. Photo by Larry Gfeller.
The Dinosaur Park features a unique outdoor museum setting with realistic life-size dinosaur replicas that show skin and color variations to give a better understanding as to how they looked when alive. Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area and a dinosaur gift shop.
While the city of Smithville has a leash law even in their public parks, our Doggie Bark Park provides an area for dogs to have some waggin' tail fun, roam at will and socialize with other dogs their size from sunup to sundown. Please follow all rules for the safety of the dogs and owners. Located off Hwy 95 at First Street, just across from the Smithville Indoor Recreation Center. (The entrance is actually across from the Skate Park behind the Rec Center). The long park area is located just north of the railroad tracks.
The Elgin Christmas Tree Farm offers lots of fun in the fall for all ages and that fits any budget. Check out their calendar to see what is happening the day you want to visit. They open at 10:00 am Monday thru Saturday and Noon on Sundays.
Elgin Memorial Park is approximately 26 acres with hundreds of elm trees and green grass, small concession stand, restrooms, two sand volleyball courts, three tennis courts, horse shoe pits, one playground, covered and uncovered picnic tables, barbecue grills and scattered park benches. There is also a covered Pavilion that is popular for parties and events. A playscape was made possible by a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Evergreen Farms hosts a Pumpkin Hunt every weekend in October. Hunt mini pumpkins hidden among the Christmas trees and enjoy other fun activities. Tree sales begin the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 24. Pavilion rental for private parties is available.
Fisherman's Park is Bastrop's largest park and features a playground, a splash pad, basketball and tennis courts, a soccer field, a boat dock and fishing pier, swings and benches overlooking the Colorado River, picnic tables, a large pavillion, and the June Pape Riverwalk, which extends 1/2 mile along the Colorado River. Photo by Terry Hagerty.
The Splash Pad is an open-air area with several water features, including buckets that dump out water when they fill up, a ring that sprays water at anyone who ventures through the middle, jets that shoot water up from the cement pad and a little green alligator nicknamed ''Humphrey.''
Welcome to Hill Country Fly Fishing! Gamefish found in the area include small mouth and large mouth bass. Gar, catfish, carp, freshwater drum and many other species also inhabit our local waters, can make for some great sport as well! Please join us for a fun day on the water.
Independence Park, located at the intersection of Loop 230 at Hwy 95 west of the traffic light, is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson Gazley. The Convention of 1832 appointed Gazley a member of the subcommittee of safety and vigilance for the District of Bastrop. He was a delegate to the Convention of 1833.
See Bastrop County from a bird's perspective! Whether you're looking to fulfill an "always wanted to" goal, give the gift of flight for a job well done or as a birthday gift, are a professional photographer looking for the perfect shot, or are interested in land acquisition, Jerry Trimble Helicopters is here to help.
Lake Bastrop South Shore Park Trail is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near Bastrop and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. This scenic trek from one end of Lake Bastrop to the other goes just over four miles, through oak and mesquite-covered hills into pine woods, over creeks and along the lake shore. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
North Shore Park on Lake Bastrop appeals to campers, anglers, and nature lovers alike. There are 17 RV campsites available, a group picnic area, a fishing pier, boat ramp and boat dock, play area, sand volleyball courts, tetherball courts, picnic tables, grills and showers.
South Shore Park on Lake Bastrop offers 38 campsites that accommodate both RV and tent campers. Featured activities include sailing, skiing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking and tetherball. The Osprey Point Hall provides space for gatherings and events.
With stunning views, large outdoor spaces and modern facilities, McKinney Roughs Nature Park is the ideal setting for your next meeting or special event. Located only 8 miles west of Bastrop, McKinney Roughs offers meeting rooms, overnight accommodations and a large dining hall for up to 250 people. River recreation on the lower Colorado River and other outdoor activities are the perfect way to create lasting memories with your guests.
Stop by the Bastrop State Park Headquarters, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, to pick up a map of the Lost Pines Nature Trails or click the link below to reach the website. The trails offer the opportunity to see wildlife and the park's regrowth following the Bastrop County Complex Fire in 2011.
Adjacent to the Colorado River Refuge, the Lost Pines Nature Trail is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips and trail running.
Lost Pines Tours stocks the best twin-cam Harley’s in the area. Touring and Cruising models are available for 1/2 day, full day, or longer rentals. Bike, helmet, and insurance are included in all rentals.
This 14-acre park is located on the site of the former Morris Hospital. The park is complete with a swimming pool, fishing pond, basketball court, playground, hike and bike trail. Complete with picnic tables and benches, this park is a great place to bring the family and picnic.
Next Level Ride is Austin’s new premier wakeboard cable park! They specialize in teaching people how to wakeboard in a fun, supportive environment. They accommodate all level riders, from newbies to the pros! No matter your riding level, they make learning relaxing and fun for the whole family and have everything you need to enjoy a day of wakeboarding.
Landlocked surfers of America, your time has come! North America’s first official “surf park” opened October 7 in Austin. Founded by Doug Coors, an engineer and a surfer, NLand is the only inland surfing destination of its kind in North America for surfers and wave sport enthusiasts from novices to world-class competitors. NLand promotes inclusive, competitive and eco-friendly inland wave sports. Located at 4836 E. Highway 71 between Austin and Bastrop County. CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
Pine Ridge Loop is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, with a variety of terrain, and is accessible year-round. The main entrance is closed on Sundays. It's great way to spend a few hours out in nature.
Reach Out Ranch is the ideal place for you and your children to discover the fun and tranquility of trail riding. At Reach Out Ranch, Penni Wood works with children with differences such as ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Defensiveness and Autism. Her style is to encourage students to do as much as they can for themselves. Call Penni to schedule trail riding, lessons or an event!
Looking for an adventure? Our experienced adventure company welcomes you to the Lost Pines region of Texas. With our majestic pines and towering oak forests along the Colorado River, you are about to enjoy one of the most relaxing adventures you will ever experience. Rental equipment includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, mountain and cruiser bike rentals and camping equipment. For details, contact Rising Phoenix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Hill Ranch is the Mountain Biking and Outdoor Events Capital of Texas. The ranch has a main loop that is about 26 miles total and you'll encounter a wide variety of trails, from the straightforward jeep trails to ledges, short climbs, twists through the trees, bunny hops over logs and more. And Fat Chuck is one heck of a climb!
They are located 30 miles east of Austin and 8 miles west of Bastrop in the heart of Central Texas. The ranch has a bunkhouse, two outside arenas, horse boarding paddocks, a pavilion, two separate 6 mile trails on opposites sides of the ranch for horseback riding, dirt biking or just good ole fashion running on foot. The bunkhouse is available for rent year round. The arenas are available for just about any event involving horses. The horse trails are available for trail rides of all sizes and riding skills
Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 offers new release movies, bowling, black light mini-golf, pool tables, a full bar and lounge area, a video game arcade, and a fully stocked snack bar and grill. Call or check the website for movie times.
Located on Avenue C or FM 1100 west of downtown Elgin, Shenandoah is a 40+ acre park that includes a series of five soccer fields, and a walking trail that follows Elm Creek connecting with the Austin Community College Elgin Campus walking trail. The Elgin Youth Soccer Association utilizes the soccer fields for practices and games.
The mission of the Friends of the Smithville Texas Veterans Memorial Park is to tell the story of Bastrop County Veterans and other individuals from Texas and the rest of the nation who fought for our freedoms and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in support of our great nation.
A real Jurassic environment! Texas Reptile Zoo is an exhibit, education and behavioral research facility where patrons can view and learn about varied species of reptiles from around the world. Please see website for admission rates, directions and hours.
Texas Straight Shooter offers shooting classes – short range and long range – plus other skills in shooting and hunting, guide services for hog (nighttime tactical w/ night vision) and deer hunting(seasonal) in Bastrop County.
Lisa White-Nicholes grew her business offering horseback riding, archery, fishing and trapshooting. Now she's offering horseback riding and a new, action-packed family-friendly game, Archery Tag! It's a Hit! To participate, you must be at least 10 years. Parents must be present to sign up those 17 years and younger. To Make Reservations, send an email to: TopNotchVenturesBastrop@gmail.com.
Located along the banks of the lower Colorado River on the outskirts of Smithville, Riverbend park offers a wide variety of recreation facilities, including overnight camp sites, a large pavilion, an indoor meeting facility, RV pads, rest rooms, picnic areas, a playground, potable water and river access. Riverbend Park is operated by the City of Smithville.
Located on Main and Depot streets, adjacent to the H&TC Freight Depot, Visitors Center, this park was constructed in 1930 in honor of veterans of World War I. A wood gazebo and 12 concrete memorial benches compose the focal point of the park and a row of large crepe myrtles separate the park from the railroad. The adjacent Houston and Texas Central Freight Depot, circa 1870, has been restored and houses the Greater Elgin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. This popular downtown park is the site for many community events including the Saturday Farmer's Market, the Music in the Park series, annual Trick-or-Treat Trail and many more.
Experience an inspiring adventure with your family, friends and colleagues in the Heart of Texas. Zip Lost Pines offers six dual zip lines soaring through the Lost Pines. This zip tour is an amazing way to share side-by-side excitement while zipping around shady pine forests and across steep canyons. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Texas Colorado River along the way. The zip tours adhere to standards developed by organizations representative of the canopy and zip line tour industry. Located at McKinney Roughs. For more information and rates, go to www.ziplostpines.com.