Buescher State Park

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100 Park Rd 1C, Smithville, TX 78957, United States

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Introduction of Buescher State Park

Buescher State Park, located 45 minutes from Austin in the Post Oak Savannah region of Texas, boasts over 1,000 acres of pine and oak forests, with a small, tranquil lake as its main feature. This easy escape from the city is linked to the larger Bastrop State Park by a scenic road and offers outdoor adventure in a peaceful setting—the ideal spot for your next RV trip. Visitors to this Texas state park can participate in a variety of activities available on the park’s 1,016 acres and the 30-acre Buescher Lake. The park rents canoes and tandem kayaks to paddlers. Anglers can catch catfish, bass, crappie, and perch.Mountain bikers and cyclists can enjoy the park’s eight miles of trails as well as the challenging 12-mile paved road connecting Buescher and Bastrop parks. The park is named after Emil and Elizabeth Buescher, who donated 310 acres to the state, and it, like many other Texas state parks, owes a portion of its development to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Those interested in the natural history of this land will be pleased to learn that Buescher State Park contains a portion of the magnificent Lost Pines. This Texas state park has mild winters and hot summers, so if you enjoy hot weather, you’ll enjoy it all year.

Buescher State Park Camping

On the lake’s western shore, the Oak Haven campground has 18 water and electric sites. Each of these sites has a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, a water connection, and 20/30 amp electrical hookups. Wheelchair access is available at Campsite #31. This loop also provides easy access to restrooms with showers and is only a few steps away from the lake. There are no sewer hookups here, but guests can use the dump station near the Cozy Circle loop’s entrance. The Oak Haven sites are back-in, so plan accordingly when navigating your rig. These locations can be reserved in advance.

Cozy Circle campground, located on the eastern side of Buescher Lake, has 14 water and electric sites. Every campsite has a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, 20/30 amp electrical hookups, water hookups, and easy access to restrooms with showers. The campground also provides easy access to the CCC Crossover Trail. There are no sewer hookups, so guests must use the dump station, which is conveniently located near the Cozy Circle campground entrance. These are back-in locations, so plan on navigating your rig accordingly. Campsite #5, for example, is wheelchair accessible. These locations can be reserved ahead of time.

Picnic Pavilion Buescher State Park
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Buescher State Park Activities


Visitors who want to explore Buescher State Park on foot can do so on the park’s several miles of winding trails. The trails range from easy to difficult, so hikers of all abilities will be able to find a trail that suits them. The.10-mile CCC Crossover Trail, which features a historic bridge as well as rock walls and staircases built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is ideal for a short, easy walk filled with history.


Buescher State Park has plenty of activities for cyclists and mountain bikers. The 12-mile paved road connecting Buescher State Park and Bastrop State Park, in particular, is a cyclist’s dream. This route offers one of the most idyllic ways to experience this part of Texas, with stunning scenery, challenging hills, and winding paths. Importantly, the park warns that due to its difficulty, this route should only be used by experienced cyclists. Mountain bikers can ride through the park’s eight miles of trails, which wind through pine trees and cedar elms.


Buescher Lake, despite its small size, has plenty of adventure to offer park visitors. Buescher State Park rents canoes and tandem kayaks, so visitors who want to get out on the water can do so by renting a boat from the park and paddling on this picturesque, family-friendly lake. Swimming is not permitted in the park, and only non-motorized boating is permitted; therefore, those wishing to explore the lake should plan to do so in a canoe or kayak. The canoe barn and launch are near the lake’s southern tip, and there is parking nearby.


Fishing in the stocked lake is one of the most popular activities at Buescher State Park. Visitors are not required to have a fishing licence to use the park’s fishing equipment, making this activity extremely accessible. Anglers can enjoy winter fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, and perch, as well as rainbow trout. Largemouth bass fishing is especially good in Buescher Lake, and visitors are welcome to fish from the shoreline or from their canoe or kayak.

Ranger Programs

Buescher State Park offers numerous opportunities to broaden your knowledge. Guided tours, campfire talks, and other special events are all available from park rangers. The Junior Ranger programme is particularly popular among younger visitors. Stop by the park offices to pick up a free Junior Ranger Explorer Pack, which you can use throughout your visit. The packs assist young children in learning more about the natural wonders that surround them by drawing and writing about what they see. A Junior Ranger Journal, binoculars, a magnifying glass, wildlife guides, crayons, and watercolours are all included in the packs.

Visiting Austin

In under an hour, campers from Buescher State Park can find themselves in the middle of Austin, the Texas capitol. Austin is a one-of-a-kind city in the United States. It is home to a plethora of well-known restaurants, music venues, historic sites, and activities. Visit the Texas State Capitol Building, which is taller than the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., or the Texas State History Museum, which features interactive exhibits about the state’s varied history. Visit the Congress Avenue Bridge as the sun sets to see the colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, the country’s largest urban bat population, take flight for the night. While you’re there, make sure to get some tacos.

Buescher State Park Location

Buescher State Park is located about 40 miles southeast of Austin, just two miles north of Smithville and 12 miles southeast of nearby Bastrop State Park. Because it is less than a mile off State Highway 71, the park is easily accessible by RV or car. Visitors who want to take the more scenic route between these two state parks should be aware that Park Road 1C is more difficult to navigate in an RV.While this route provides a beautiful scenic drive, the road is narrow, winding, and hilly with some blind curves, so drive with caution if you choose this route.
Once inside the park, guests can park at their campsites or in designated areas scattered throughout the park, such as near the canoe launch, the playground, the recreation hall, and the Cozy Circle campground entrance.

Lake Buescher State Park
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