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Bastrop County, Texas

Bastrop County is located in the rolling hills of Texas. Land features alluvial, sandy, loam soils, varied timbers, lost pines, bisected by the Colorado River and includes Lake Bastrop. Local economy consists of government services, tourism, agribusiness, bio-technology research, computer related industries and commuters to Austin

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Bastrop County is a county located in central Texas just to the southeast of Austin. The county is centered on the town of Bastrop. Other towns include Smithville and Elgin, and the local economy is driven by government services, high-tech industries, and tourism. There are also many farms in the area concentrated on cattle, hay, and forestry. 

What is Bastrop Known For?

Bastrop County is famous for its beautiful Lost Pine forests, recreation around Lake Bastrop and Bastrop State Park, the Colorado River, and the many roadside attractions and businesses along State Highway 21. 

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If you're searching for land, lots, farms, or ranches in Bastrop County, then you're in luck. This area is home to a wide variety of land types, from the wide and fertile plains of the Colorado River valley to the wooded hills and ravines. And for the latter, the elevation changes are gentle enough to allow for convenient road access and use.

The area is also known for its varied forests, displaying a range of Texas trees, with the fabled "Lost Pines" being the most well-known and distinctive. 

The gentle nature of the land also makes for a convenient network of roads and communities, so services and resources are never too far away. And if you're serious enough, the local agribusiness and biotech sectors of the economy will prove a boon as well. 

Overall, the Bastrop County area offers an excellent mix of available properties on accessible land, with many services and commercial support within a convenient distance. Not the least of these is the city of Austin which is a relatively short distance away to the northwest.

Overall, Bastrop County has roughly 888 square miles of land, approximately 64% of which is rural. 

The surrounding area continues the theme of well-developed farmland, particularly in the neighboring counties of Williamson (north), Lee (northeast), Fayette (southeast), and Caldwell (southwest). 

How Far Is Bastrop County From Austin TX?

From the city of Bastrop to downtown Austin it is a 30 minute or 32-mile drive. 

However, between the northwestern boundary of Bastrop County and the city limits of Austin, it is approximately 7 minutes, or 7 miles away. 

As such, it is no surprise that Bastrop County falls within the Austin–Round Rock Metro Area.

Communities in Bastrop County

Bastrop County has a number of cities, census-designated places, and unincorporated communities. 

These include Bastrop (the county seat), Elgin, Mustang Ridge, Smithville, Camp Swift, Circle D-KC Estates, McDade, and Wyldwood. 

Bastrop County Amenities & Attractions

Bastrop County has many excellent features and attractions that make it a great place to either live in or visit. 

For example, there are many golf courses, like Wolfdancer Golf Club, Pine Forest Golf Club, and ColoVista Golf Club. 

There are also many large parks, like McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Buescher State Park, and the famous Bastrop State Park, which spans over almost 6,000 acres, offering swimming, canoeing, fishing, and camping. 

Bastrop is also known for its regular seasonal festivals

Bastrop County History

The history of Bastrop County as a county goes back to 1834 when it was originally set up as a municipality of Mexico, before being reorganized as a county in 1837. The county is named after a famous Dutch settler, the Baron of Bastrop, Felipe Enrique Neri, who assisted Stephen F. Austin in obtaining land grants. 

The town of Bastrop was almost the capital of the Republic of Texas but lost this title to Austin (then known as Waterloo). However, this speaks to the central status of the area during that time, and the relative lack of subsequent development has allowed it to preserve much of this history. Today, Bastrop city is known as “The Most Historic Small Town in Texas” with over 100 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

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