The park provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing (park rents canoes), swimming (pool), golfing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and interpretive programs.
As Karen said, the map shown here is outdated. This trail goes only as far east as Harmon Rd (creating a smaller loop) and other trails have been rerouted. An accurate, though less detailed, map is published here: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4505_043l.pdf. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike, shadeless but comfortable in early April. Good to see new pine growth throughout. Saw a variety of birds and only two other hiking parties.
This trail is not open past Harmon Rd on the E end according to park staff (this map shows it open). Did an alternate route for a really nice outing. Lunch stop at Lost Pines Overlook was a breezy place to cool off. Tons of dewberries right on the edges of the trail. Lots of new growth! The smell was awesome!
First time to bastrop yesterday, and all the baby pine growth is beautiful! It really gives you perspective and i cant wait to come back in 10-15 years and see this place flourish again. We did the full 7.5 mile hike and definitly should have brough more water even on a cool fall day. Not much animal presence out there, yet. Great hike! We didnt see a single other person for hours.
We traversed portions of the Lost Pines trail. We started at the scenic overlook by the route to Beuscher State Park, walked the Purple Trail to the old service road, and looped back on the Orange Trail back to the Purple Trail. It was warm for late November but the scenery was excellent. Lots of interesting flora. No significant inclines either. Our route took us almost three miles. Will be coming back in the future.
The Lost Pines Trail is easy to moderate and before the fire, beautiful! The trail is sandy at certain parts but overall very comfortable pace and good solitude if you go during the week. I've never camped on the trail but have camped at nearby North and South shore, and State Park areas. Summer in TX is HOT so recommend going late Fall or Spring. This is a good trail for the whole family but pack plenty of water!