Located a few miles southeast of Austin, Texas, Bastrop County – comprised of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville – has plenty to inspire, entertain and invigorate you. Enjoy our friendly nature and authentic flavors of Texas when you visit the county filled with beautiful parks, lakes and restaurants to please any palate.
From outstanding golf courses to walking trails, the city of Bastrop has something for every outdoor enthusiast. Its historic district features more than 130 homes with historic markers or medallions, and galleries that feature artists from all across Texas. After a day immersed in arts and nature, relax at a cozy bed & breakfast inn, hotel or the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa… Bastrop has them all!
For an authentic meal, visit Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, Southside Market and Barbeque or any of Elgin’s award-winning BBQ eateries. You’ll quickly see why Elgin has earned the title of “Sausage Capital of Texas.” The photogenic historic district of Elgin also includes 14 city blocks of buildings constructed with locally manufactured brick. In fact, over 267 million bricks are produced in Elgin every year, earning Elgin the title of “Brick Capital of the Southwest.” Rich in history, the city is a designated National Main Street Community.
Once you’ve had your fill of BBQ, venture through the oak-lined streets of Smithville. Ride your bike through 12-acres of beautifully wooded scenery between Buescher and Bastrop State Parks or take a moment to visit the Railroad Museum and Visitor Center. There you will learn more about Smithville’s Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Gingerbread Man.” Smithville also touts a variety of historic bed & breakfast inns, downtown shopping and restaurants, while its Main Street often doubles as a movie set.
Explore Bastrop County, your new getaway, without having to go far away.