Communities / Bastrop County, Texas

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Bastrop County, Texas

rural • southwest, USA

Flowing along the Colorado River through Bastrop, the El Camino Real Paddling Trail is a slow-moving, six-mile trail perfect for picnicking and paddleboarding.
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About Bastrop County

Located just east of Austin in central Texas, Bastrop County offers charming small towns with big city amenities. Tour the Bastrop County History Museum to see artifacts and exhibits from the community’s fascinating history, then visit Old Town Bastrop to see historic sites like the Old Iron Bridge, the Bastrop Opera House, and more. Hike the trails at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, go fishing and kayaking on Lake Bastrop, or bike through the forest in Buescher State Park. Bastrop County boasts a thriving arts scene, including local artist works at R. A. Green Mercantile, live music at the Farm Street Opry, and theater performances at the Bastrop Opera House. Shop for trendy fashions at unique stores like Handpicked Boutique in Smithville or Spoiled Sisters in Bastrop, then grab a coffee at Chemn Cafe in Elgin. Taste traditional classics at Maxine’s Cafe & Bakery, dig into meaty favorites at Zimmerhanzel’s Bar B Que, enjoy a sweet treat at The Tough Cookie Bakery, then relax with a locally crafted beverage at Copper Shot Distillery or Colorado River Winery. Bastrop County celebrates food, culture, and community with unique annual events like the Smithville Wingfest & Chili Cook-A-Roo, the Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo, and the Elgin Hogeye Festival. Located 26 miles west of Bastrop County, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers direct flights to New York, Chicago, Orlando, and more.

Population

97,216

Internet Speed Rating

5000 Mbps

Closest Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport • 24 mi

Weather (High/Low)

96 / 42

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)

$404,693

FUN FACT


A favorite backdrop for filmmakers, Bastrop County has served as a filming location for at least 28 movies and TV series, including “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Hope Floats,” and “Friday Night Lights.”
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