The 9E Ranch is a 320 acre ranch with ponds, Piney Creek, Loblolly Pines, oaks , hiking trails and gazebos with overlook of the best sunsets in Texas. Guests enjoy stargazing, hiking, forest bathing, birding, petting the miniature donkeys, horses and sitting in rocking chairs relaxing. The 9E Ranch Cabins was awarded "Best for Stargazing" the first year open.
Shoppers will find Smithville and Bastrop fun as well as excellent places to eat. Round Top, just 45 minutes away is an antiquer's paradise.Both Bastrop and Smithville are great small Texas towns with good food, historical homes, art galleries and interesting Main Streets. Smithville has the Veterans' Park, Train Museum and the location of films including "Hope Floats" , " Tree of Life" and "Bernie".
Many golfers come to the 9E Ranch and play all three golf courses in the area. ColoVista Golf Club course winds through beautiful vistas just east of Bastrop. Pine Forest , an exquisite 18-hole course, carved out of the rolling hills of the Lost Pines Forest and has delighted golf enthusiasts for years with its blend of dramatic elevation changes, water hazards, sand traps and rolling fairways. Wolfdancer Golf Club with it's 18 holes is a few miles west of Bastrop with spectacular and varied scenery, rolling prairie, wooded ridgeline and the Colorado River valley. The course occupies 150 of the 405 acre Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Hotel & Resort.
Bastrop State Park
The park provides opportunities for picnicking, canoeing, swimming at the pool, hiking and wildlife viewing.
Buescher State Park
Activities at Buescher State Park include non-motorized boating, fishing in a stocked lake, nature study, hiking and biking. The 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop State Parks, which is winding and hilly, is ideal for biking.
west of Bastrop with 18 miles of hiking trails crisscrossing the 1,100 ares of bountiful nature.
Colorado River Adventure
With its pervasive curves winding through Bastrop County, guests enjoy boating, canoeing, and fishing. One of the best access points to the Colorado River is in Bastrop, at Fisherman's Park. In Smithville there is access under the Texas 95 Bridge.