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Buescher State Park
Buescher State Park
BUESCHER STATE PARK
BUESCHER STATE PARK
100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, Texas   78602

Phone: 512-237-2241
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Buescher State Park

Buescher State Park, a scenic area, is 1016.7 acres just north of Smithville in Bastrop County. Between the years 1933 and 1936, Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher originally deeded 318 acres of land to the state. After Emil Buescher's death, his heirs donated 318 more acres. The rest of the parkland was acquired from the city of Smithville. The original park totaled 1738 acres and opened in 1940. Approximately 700 of the acres were later deeded to MD Anderson and UT Cancer Center.
Nature of the Area
The beautiful wooded setting, that includes a tranquil lake, makes an excellent area from which to observe the seasonal distribution of some 250 species of birds. Mammals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, bobcats and armadillos along with rabbits, squirrels and small rodents. Enjoy fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, perch and also rainbow trout in the winter
History of the Area
El Camino Real (King's/Royal Highway) once ran near the park, connecting San Antonio de Bexar with Spanish missions in East Texas and generally followed present-day Texas State Highway 21 and Old San Antonio Road. This park land was part of Austin's colonial grant, and the original park improvements were made by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). A scenic park road connects Buescher State Park with Bastrop State Park and travels through a part of the lovely lost pines, a remnant of what is thought to have once been an extensive pine-oak forest covering much of Central Texas, during the time Ice Age glaciers reigned to the north.
Events
March 26
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the open section of the Blue Trail (Winding Woodland Trail) at Buescher State Park.

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along our newly reopened section of the Winding Woodland Trail (Blue Trail).

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the parking lot across from the Lakeview Camping Area (near the Blue Trail trailhead). If parking is full, please park in the Amphitheater parking lot or in the Lakeview camping area parking lot.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 0.8 miles one way (1.6 miles round trip).

Difficulty: Easy hike. Minimal elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 237-2241
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

April 2
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the open section of the Blue Trail (Winding Woodland Trail) at Buescher State Park.

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along our newly reopened section of the Winding Woodland Trail (Blue Trail).

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the parking lot across from the Lakeview Camping Area (near the Blue Trail trailhead). If parking is full, please park in the Amphitheater parking lot or in the Lakeview camping area parking lot.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 0.8 miles one way (1.6 miles round trip).

Difficulty: Easy hike. Minimal elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 237-2241
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

April 9
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the open section of the Blue Trail (Winding Woodland Trail) at Buescher State Park.

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along our newly reopened section of the Winding Woodland Trail (Blue Trail).

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the parking lot across from the Lakeview Camping Area (near the Blue Trail trailhead). If parking is full, please park in the Amphitheater parking lot or in the Lakeview camping area parking lot.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 0.8 miles one way (1.6 miles round trip).

Difficulty: Easy hike. Minimal elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 237-2241
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

April 16
Discover the Lost Pines - Guided Hike
Join a Master Naturalist for our weekly guided nature hike on the open section of the Blue Trail (Winding Woodland Trail) at Buescher State Park.

Guided hikes are back in action! Join a Master Naturalist as we explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique along our newly reopened section of the Winding Woodland Trail (Blue Trail).

When: Every Saturday at 10am

Where: Meet at the parking lot across from the Lakeview Camping Area (near the Blue Trail trailhead). If parking is full, please park in the Amphitheater parking lot or in the Lakeview camping area parking lot.

Duration: This hike will take about 1 hour to complete.

Length of Trail: The hike will be around 0.8 miles one way (1.6 miles round trip).

Difficulty: Easy hike. Minimal elevation change. Strollers are not recommended on this trail, but children are welcome to come along!

What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

Contact:Kristen Williams
(512) 237-2241
kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov

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Area Attractions
Nearby attractions include Bastrop State Park, Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, Lockhart State Park, Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway, and McKinney Falls State Park. Lake Bastrop, and the cities of Bastrop, Smithville and Austin.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 6 Nice and clean by D Chittwood
Nice quiet park with clean restrooms and sites. The only thing that could have been much better were the tent sites. They need more gravel to help with the mud and dirt. The site I really wanted to stay at did not have electricity. Got to have a fan in Texas! Good place to ride a bicycle and walk. Friendly staff. It would be GREAT. Thanks.


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Directions
The park is located 2 miles northwest of Smithville on State Highway 71 to FM 153, then north on 153 for .5 mile to enter Park Road 1. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112. Camping fees vary; as do entrance fees. For reservations call 512/389-8900.

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