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Bastrop State Park took a beating from wildfires, but with nature as our witness, the pines and wildlife will return. Until then, nearby Buescher State park was spared the fires’ wrath, and offers visitors a lost pines experience. Bryan Frazier explains.
58— Buescher State Park is part of the Lost Pines Complex. It’s actually down the road in Smithville, but it’s connected to Bastrop State Park on the backside by a 12-mile park road that people bike through all of the time.
It was not impacted by the fire near a much-in fact, just slightly. The CCC build dining hall and pavilion there is open and doing well. It has found cabins—one of them is brand new there at the park. There’s a 35 acre lake with good fishing; they have canoe rentals there.
There’s great hiking trails and birding. Seems I almost always see a kingfisher of some variety when I’m there. So, there’s a lot of good things to find at Buescher State Park, and you can still get that Lost Pines feel in that complex right down the road from Bastrop State Park.
There’s good news out there regarding this. Obviously there’s no way we want to look at this wildfire as anything other than the tragedy that it was. But there are things not as bad as it could have been, and there are good news stories to be found.
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For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.