The city of Bastrop is located about 30 miles North of Austin. With the parks proximity to Austin, I got to visit as a child. Bastrop and Buescher state parks are 10 miles apart and they share in very similar attributes. They both have beautiful tall trees, winding trails and stunning hill country views.
In the fall of 2011 a wildfire took over Bastrop. The fire devastated the city, burning down more than 1,500 homes, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage. The amount of damage is more than any other fire in Texas history.
Until recently I had not gone to visit the parks after the fires. I don’t want to emit feelings that I didn’t enjoy getting to visit the two parks, but what really took over was broken heartedness.
The parks are still very sad and very bare. I know it takes a long time to grow HUGE trees again, but it really did make me sad for the loss all over again.
We enjoyed our time there and it was beautiful but I just can’t wait until wonderful, tall, trees shade the hiking trails again.
I wanted to share where I got some of my stats/facts: