Bastrop Lost Pines is a small pine forest more than one hundred miles away from the Piney Woods in the rest of Texas. Despite this distance, the lost pines in Bastrop of the pinus taeda species are genetically similar to the varieties found in the Piney Woods of East Texas. There is speculation that the Lost Pines forest in Bastrop was separated from the main group of pine forests found in East Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas after the last ice age.
Be cautious in Bastrop. This town firmly believes in red light cameras and has been accused by many of being a speed trap.
The lost pines forest was in danger of being lost during the Bastrop fires. The header picture for this article vividly illustrates this danger. There are two parks in the Bastrop area with lost pines, Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park. The former had all but 100 acres burned during the massive 2011 fires. Buescher State Park is only 4 miles away from Bastrop State Park. Fortunately, this relatively short distance helped Buescher fair better during the fire. It’s interesting to note that this park was roughly 1700 acres when it first opened as opposed to its current size of slightly over 1000 acres. The state legislature transferred 700 acres to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1967 for scientific research.
Some who search for lost pines are trying to find the Hyatt in the Bastrop area. They now rank number 1 for Google searches on “lost pines” in large part because they created a subdomain with those keywords for this particular hotel. It’s funny but not unexpected that Google now ranks them better than articles talking about the true lost pines.
Again, if you are planning to visit this area, I recommend using caution because of the red light cameras. If you oppose the use of these technological gifts to big brother, I recommend voicing your opposition to the state legislators. House & Senate