Buescher State Park - Hiking

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Buescher State Park is a small park that's great for a quick run, short hike, bike ride, a paddle across the lake, or a weekend camping spot.

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Christine Hersh


12.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

40.2 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

At your leisure


All Seasons

All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$5 Entrance Fee

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Buescher State Park



Buescher State Park, near Smithville, Texas, and about 45 minutes east of Austin, is a great place for all types of recreational activities. It is also the perfect place to bring the whole family. The trails are easy and the Ranger Programs on offer provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for younger children.

What Makes It Great

The park's small size makes the whole experience fun and easily manageable.  The lake here is only accessible for non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards, and there are canoe and kayak rentals at the park if you don't have your own. Also worth mentioning is the 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop State Park, which is great for experienced cyclists and for those looking to take a quiet scenic drive through the Lost Pines. The park includes 8-miles of mountain biking trails, and to top it all off, there is also camping available- making this park a good place for weekend getaways. Enjoy spending time with the family at Buescher State Park!

Who is Going to Love It

The hikes in the park are mellow, easy-going trails (sometimes on shared paved paths) so there's nothing too intense here, but the setting is pretty and it's a fine place for families to wander about. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Buescher State Park's address is 100 Park Rd 1-C, Smithville, TX 78957. There's a $5 day use fee and varying fees for camping. Click here to see the current rates

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Buescher State Park

Buescher State Park
Smithville, TX, 78957
30.038239, -97.158311

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