Lake Bastrop LCRA Park North-South Trailway

This scenic trek from one end of Lake Bastrop to the other goes just over four miles, through oak and mesquite-covered hills into pine woods, over creeks and along the lake shore.
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This scenic trek from one end of Lake Bastrop to the other goes just over four miles, through oak and mesquite-covered hills into pine woods, over creeks and along the lake shore.

Leave a car at one end and drive to the other, or hike both ways on this trail. This route starts at the south end and ends at the north. There are restrooms at both ends, and kiosks with trail maps.
From the south, the first part of the trail traverses slightly hilly terrain on a dirt track often strewn with loose rocks. A couple of small meadows fill with flowers in spring and golden grasses in fall. Most of the route is close to the lake, a small body of water popular with fishermen and waterfowl. You'll also hear ravens and other birds in the trees, and may see raccoon prints in the soft dirt.
The trail crosses a power line right-of-way, a dirt road, and a number of wooden bridges, which are named on the map. The trail is also well marked with metal tags on trees and occasional posts.
The second half of this south-to-north route covers more level ground, on a softer dirt and sand track under pine trees. In fall and winter, pine needles carpet the trail and bridges. Look for American Beautyberry, a gangly shrub with bright purple berries, along the way. Near the end, the trail skirts an arm of the lake, crossing a narrow dike before heading back into woods. Soon you'll come to an intersection with Buzzard Point Trail, which leads to the same parking lot but adds about a half mile. Turn left at the intersection to finish the North South Trailway without including Buzzard Point.
The South Shore Park, operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority, has camping, RV hookups, limited-use cabins, a group shelter, boat ramp, and additional trails. The North Shore Park has picnic areas and a boat ramp.
Before or after your hike, fuel up on burgers, chicken sandwiches and more at Bastrop Road House on Highway 21 about a mile before the turn-off.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.5

Waypoints

Trail head

Location: 30.142565, -97.287029

South end starts in the park's cabin area.

Bridge

Location: 30.14702, -97.288045

27-NOV-10 1:41:52PM

Dirt road crossing.

Location: 30.1488, -97.290076

27-NOV-10 1:47:13PM

Thrill Creek bridge

Location: 30.149693, -97.294287

27-NOV-10 2:01:40PM

Spicer Creek Bridge

Location: 30.153768, -97.294941

27-NOV-10 2:10:29PM

Lakeshore and power lines

Location: 30.159756, -97.292653

27-NOV-10 2:25:04PM

bridge

Location: 30.160457, -97.292159

27-NOV-10 2:26:51PM

Floating bridge

Location: 30.166474, -97.287676

27-NOV-10 2:45:33PM

Bridge

Location: 30.168723, -97.28625

27-NOV-10 2:52:00PM

North trail head

Location: 30.166688, -97.28099

27-NOV-10 3:08:21PM

Southside trail head

Location: 30.142529, -97.286913

Wooden bridges

Location: 30.146639, -97.286704

Open right-of-way

Location: 30.14445, -97.287149

Lichens

Location: 30.145628, -97.287701

Spring wildflowers

Location: 30.146138, -97.28695

Intersection with Buzzard Point trail

Location: 30.167744, -97.28319

Road crossing

Location: 30.148838, -97.290153

pine needle covered bridge

Location: 30.153681, -97.295013

Seed pods

Location: 30.15895, -97.293001

Lake shore

Location: 30.159627, -97.292685

Floating bridges over lake

Location: 30.166408, -97.287803

View of lake

Location: 30.169274, -97.284214

Another lake view

Location: 30.169655, -97.283254

North end of trail

Location: 30.166705, -97.281044