Scenic Overlook Trail Loop is a 2.6 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.6 miElevation gain275 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shade
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Patty Mundime
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HikingGreat!
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Tom Hamilton
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Hiking

Nice winding trail mix of sand and rocks. You will have to walk uphill on the hardball road on last leg.

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Austin Gaquin
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Rebecca Spencer
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Bryant Evans
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Pine Warbler, Scenic Overlook, and Post Oak Spur Trails

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Andrew Rollwitz
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HikingGreat!No shade

This is a beautiful trail that runs through Bastrop State Park. There is not much shade so make sure and plan accordingly with clothing, hats, sunscreen and lots of water. If you can go on a cloudy or overcast day, it would definitely be easier on the body. Remember to leave no trace!

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Angela Sanchez
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HikingFeeGreat!No shade

Nice sunny trail with very little shade due to the past fire. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. A couple small stretches with towering pines. I would definitely only tackle this trail on a cooler or cloudy day. Part of this route runs along the road, which I didn't care for. Trails are well maintained and busy on a Sunday. Trails say no mountain bikes and dogs should be leashed. Overall a nice trail for hiking or running. Lots of families out but I wouldn't recommend a stroller as parts of trail are pretty rocky. Overall I'd rate as moderate due to a few areas of incline.

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Naomi Roupe
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Great Moderate Hike and a beautiful day for it

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Clark Wimberly
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Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing how it changes over the years.

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Takanori Kajihara
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HikingGreat!

Flora is basically pine trees. Even though there is some elevation, it may not be tough in this short distance. You can see old CCC fountains at the north west of the Scenic overlook trail.

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sara storie
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Stefan Lubinski
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Easy and fun trail

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Christina P
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Easy trail, with a couple benches along the way to rest. Not all areas shaded, be prepared with water.

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Sam F
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This is definitely an easy trail, not moderate. Easy to follow, not much elevation gain. Decent morning walk

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Jason Bushnell
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Overgrown on the trail, undergrown off the trail... Hot, no shade, and trails aren’t well marked. Honestly, my least favorite State Park I’ve visited...

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Kayleen Larose
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This trail was so cool! Lots of lizards along the way, sandy and rocky trail. At the mid point, it gets fairly steep but not too bad. Did it in just about an hour. Have fun!!

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Fox Sparkman
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A couple of years ago this would’ve been a really nice trail, unfortunately the wildfire that tore through the area a while back had killed most of the large pine trees. There’s next to no shade, but the views are gorgeous. I’d still recommend checking it out, but maybe on an overcast day.

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Brad Grimm
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Satisfying hike. Some loose rocks. Butterflies, birds, bees and crickets.

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Muzzy Johnson
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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.

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Luke Parnell
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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.

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Peter Druschke
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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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aaron beavers
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Ashley Greene-Woods
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Whitney Walston
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