Top Adventures in Bastrop

  • Bike the Lost Pines of Bastrop

    In the fall of 2011, the most destructive fire in Texas history burned through Bastrop, just 45 minutes east of Austin, TX. This makes for an interesting, and eerie, bike ride. As you ride through the park, you can see the extent of damage the fir...

    13 miles 823 ft gain

  • Hike Pine Ridge Overlook

    Pine Ridge Overlook is one of the longest hikes at McKinney Roughs Nature Area offering 2.7 miles through piney woods that overlook valleys and offer glimpses of the Colorado River. McKinney Roughs is considered a nature and learning park and req...

    2.7 miles

  • Hike the Southern Loop Trail

    The trail is used only for hiking or trail running, and dogs are allowed if kept on leash. McKinney Roughs Nature Park is scenic and popular!This hike is located on Highway 71 in between Austin and Bastrop. There is a $4 entrance fee for McKinney ...

    5 miles 550 ft gain

  • Hike the Buescher State Park Trails

    Buescher State Park Trails are located just outside of Smithville, Texas. The trail features beautiful wildflowers and is open year round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash.

    6.64 miles 387 ft gain

  • Hike the Rocky Hill Ranch Trail

    You can park right at the trailhead (see map) to begin this hike. Trail is open year-round and costs $20 to access. The trail is a 10.4 mile loop, so make sure you have enough water! Trails are marked well, but be sure to grab a map when you are p...

    10.44 miles 856 ft gain

  • Hike the Southeast Metropolitan Park Primitive Trail

    The Southeast Metropolitan Park Primitive Trail is a quick 2.3 mile hike, perfect for families, hikers, and trail runners. This trail is dog friendly, and is open for use year round. This hike is lightly trafficked, so this is a great place to go ...

    2.17 miles 223 ft gain

  • Bike Bluff Creek Ranch

    Bluff Creek Ranch is located off of Owl Creek Road (see map). There are 8 miles of well-shaded trails that are accessible year-round and is shared by hikers and bikers. You can also camp here, for $15/person/day (less for children). There are also...

    8 miles 60 ft gain

  • Relax at McKinney Falls

    McKinney Falls is separated into the Upper and Lower Falls along Onion Creek just 15 miles outside of Austin. The pin I dropped on the map gets you to the parking lot at the Upper Falls. From there it is a very short walk past the Smith Visitor Ce...

  • Hike Rock Shelter Trail

    This trail is perfect for families and all skill levels. The trail allows dogs, and has a few unique caves to explore. In the spring, wildflowers are abundant. This hike meanders past natural rock formations that was historically used as a shelter...

    0.9 miles 0 ft gain

  • Bike through Iconic Graffiti Landmarks in Austin

    You don't have to rent a bike but it's the "Austin" thing to do. With plenty of pick up and drop off locations all throughout the city you can start the trip and end it whenever you feel like it! It's recommended to start the trip on South Congres...

  • Walk Through Austin State Capitol

    The loop is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This walking tour provides the visitor with many views of Texas History: the beautiful state capitol bu...

    3.4 miles 101 ft gain

  • Visit the Cathedral of Junk

    The Cathedral of Junk is a hidden gem within the Austin City Limits, actually located in the Artists backyard. Construction was started back in 1988 by Vince Hahnemann and he still continues to add to it to this day! Climb to the top of the tower ...

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