Welcome to the BEST
On behalf of the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville and Bastrop County, we would like to welcome you to the BEST area in Texas.
Discover the BEST, located just a few miles east of Austin on Highway 71 and Highway 290. These communities have joined together to promote our heritage, recreation activities, and unique qualities that include art galleries, soda fountains, cotton gins, artists’ studios, unique shopping, great food, nationally ranked golf courses, camping, hiking and biking, fabulous state parks, theaters, historic cemeteries, museums, Christmas tree farms, river walks and water activities, year-round festivals, and community celebrations that bring families and friends together. Known as the "Historic Triangle", these cities were voted three of the most historic small towns in Texas.
Whether you want to spend your time indoors or out, Bastrop County has plenty to keep you entertained.
Heart of the Lost Pines
Established in 1872
Elgin, a community rich in history, was established in 1872 around cotton and the railroads.Elgin is famous for the two products it has been making since 1882 - reliable bricks and delicious hot sausage.
Home of "Hope Floats"
Smithville is perhaps best known as the home of "Hope Floats" the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. and Gena Rowlands. It was also the location for "Tree of Life", starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, filmed in 2008.