Scenic Overlook Trail Loop

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Scenic Overlook Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bridge out

no shade

hiking
9 days ago

This was a nice relaxing trail. Plenty of nice views. It does cost $10 for 2 adults to enter the park. The hike was calm and even with the rainy weather, didn’t have very many slippery spots.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a pretty unique hike. The park suffered from a wildfire several years ago and has recovered considerably since then. The hike is also a nice challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

The scenic overlook loop gives a good sampling of Bastrop State park, including meadows, pine/oak forests recovering from the 2011 fires, the drainage of Copperas Creek and a viewpoint over much of the park. From the park entrance station turn left on Park Road 1B and park at the first pullout on the left. The Farkleberry Spur begins across from the parking area and crosses through clumps of surviving pines and burned snags before descending into the Copperas Creek drainage. Much of the area is open meadows with wildflowers and butterflies in abundance even in late October. Turn left at the first junction to access the Scenic Overlook Trail, you will arrive quickly at the Copperas Creek crossing where the bridge has not been replaced. You may get your feet wet but the flow is pretty modest even after several weeks of rain. Here in the drainage willow trees and cottonwoods have grown into thickets 10-15 ft high. Following the Viewpoint trail you will cross a wooden bridge on one of the tributaries of Copperas Creek and start climbing. The pines here are a mix of 10-15 ft trees that have sprouted since the fire, a few fire-scarred survivors, smaller pine seedlings and a few groves of post oaks that escaped the flames. Soon you will see the circular stone and timber overlook shelter at the top of the rise. From the shelter you can take in views of much of the park. If you want to make this a loop you will need to follow the nearby Park Road 1A downhill to the Post Oak Spur. On a pleasant Friday evening in October I didn’t see any cars, but watch out for traffic nonetheless. The Post Oak Spur trail begins in a grove of the namesake tree on the right and winds downslope back toward Copperas Creek. Along the way there are several groves of surviving pines, and American beautyberry grows thick along the trail. Turn right at the junction and you will cross another footbridge across a tributary. Connect with the Farkleberry Spur on your left to return to your car.

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