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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Smithville: Buescher State Park


Photo by TPWD

Opened in 1940, Buescher State Park lies in a scenic area just north of Smithville in Bastrop County. El Camino Real de los Tejas (Texas' Royal Highway) once ran near the park and generally followed present-day Texas State Highway 21 and Old San Antonio Road connecting San Antonio de Bexar with Spanish missions in East Texas. This parkland was part of Austin's colonial grant, and the original park improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A scenic park road connects Buescher State Park with Bastrop State Park , and travels through a part of the 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.

Activities include non-motorized boating, fishing in a stocked lake, nature study, hiking, geo-caching, interpretive tours, and biking. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, or get in the car and go for a leisurely scenic drive along Park Road 1C between Buescher and Bastrop state parks.


Location

  • 100 Park Road 1E
  • Smithville, Texas
  • 78957

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Open 7 days a week year-round.

  • Adults: $5, Children (Age 12 and under): Free

    Driving Tour Fee $3 Daily, Adult Group Day Use: $3 Daily


Map & 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