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Visit Bastrop State Park for an Old-Fashioned Campfire Sing-A-Long

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People have gathered around campfires for food, safety, and community for thousands of years. In our world of smartphones and devices of all shapes and sizes, it seems as though people have forgotten how to just “be” together and there’s no better way to reconnect with friends and family than around a campfire with songs to be sung.

Campfire Sing-A-Long: November 25th at 6 p.m.


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Plan to head to Bastrop State Park on Saturday, November 25th at 6 p.m. for a Campfire Songs Sing-A-Long. Join Park Hosts Vanice and Mark for an acoustic guitar campfire sing-a-long and a peek into the history of the Lost Pines area as a place of gathering and rest for many people who traveled through here. You will be entertained by some well-known tunes and maybe even experience a few new-to-you songs as you relax around the campfire for an evening of family fun and enjoyment. There will also be a How to Build a Campfire program immediately before this event at the same location (starting at 5:30 p.m.).

Bastrop State Park Coming Back to Life After Fire and Flood

Bastrop State Park

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For more than 70 years, folks have visited Bastrop State Park to enjoy its history and marvel at the Lost Pines. Forest fires and floods have ravaged the park in recent years. Now comes rebirth: new trees, new plants, and new life. Come see the park’s recovery from nature’s fury. The park is located just 32 miles east of Austin.

Make A Weekend Out Of It!


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If you’d like to make a weekend out of it, stay overnight at a campsite or historic cabin. Campsites range from walk-in tent sites to full hookup RV sites. Or, bring a group to stay at the group barracks (with dining hall, dorms, and space for tents).

There’s something for everyone at Bastrop State Park. Hike seven miles of trail, explore the growing forest, look for the new generation of loblolly pines, and witness the resilience of nature. Plan a bike ride or drive scenic Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher state parks. The hilly 12-mile road takes you through recovering and forested areas of the Lost Pines. Turn down the radio and enjoy this quiet drive. A weekend spent in the trees, singing songs by the campfire and disconnecting from your busy life might be just what you need to feel rejuvenated this autumn. To learn more, check out the website for Bastrop State Park or follow them on Facebook.