Bastrop State Park is located in Bastrop, Texas, and is home to the “Lost Pines”, so-named because they are the westernmost distribution of loblolly pines, separated from the Piney Woods of East Texas by over 100 miles. In September 2011, a devastating wildfire burned 95% of the park. A concerted effort is underway to reforest the park within 30 years by replanting 4 million loblolly pines.
Opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, bicycling (paved or gravel roads only), geocaching, swimming (summer), birding, and nature study are available. There are 7 miles of hiking trails, and a hilly 12-mile road that for driving and bicycling connects Bastrop with nearby Buescher State Park.
Balmorhea State Park is located on the San Solomon Springs near Balmorhea, Texas, in Reeves County. Activities include: birding, camping, geocaching, nature study, picnicking, swimming (no lifeguard), SCUBA diving, skin diving, nature study, and wildlife observation.
The park is best-known for its 1.75-acre, 3.5-million gallon spring-fed swimming pool which was built around San Solomon Springs in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Atlanta State Park is on the south shore of 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake. Activities include: bicycling, boating, canoeing (rentals available), camping, fishing, hiking, geocaching, picnicking, bicycling, swimming (no lifeguard), birding, and nature study. There are 4.8 miles of hiking trails, including a .8-mile nature trail.