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Camping at Buescher State Park

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Location and Overview

Buescher State Park is a scenic park located just outside of Smithville in Bastrop County, Texas. It's part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and offers an escape into nature with its lush forested areas, a tranquil lake, and a variety of wildlife.


Hiking and Biking

There are over 7 miles of hiking trails in Buescher State Park, including an interconnected loop around the lake. Cyclists can enjoy over 12 miles of road through rolling forested terrain. Park roads are also popular with bikers, especially the scenic 12-mile road that connects to Bastrop State Park.

Fishing and Boating

The park offers fishing opportunities in the park's lake. You can catch species like catfish, bass, and crappie. While motorboats are not permitted, guests can enjoy paddling in canoes or kayaks.


Buescher State Park offers a variety of camping options, including campsites with water and electricity, primitive campsites, and cabins. Some campsites can accommodate larger RVs, and restrooms with showers are available for campers.


The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife including white-tailed deer, armadillos, and numerous bird species. Bird watching can be particularly rewarding here, with the potential to see various migratory species.

Seasonal Information and Events

Weather Conditions

Texas weather can be unpredictable, and conditions can vary widely between seasons. Winters are generally mild, while summers can be very hot. Storms and occasional severe weather can happen, especially in spring and early summer.

Park Events

The park may host educational programs, guided hikes, and workshops throughout the year. It's recommended to check the official state park website or contact the park directly for the latest information on events.

Visiting Tips

  • Reservations are recommended for camping, especially during peak season or holidays.
  • Pack Weather-Appropriate Gear: Be sure to bring clothing and supplies that are suitable for the season.
  • Fishing Regulations: A fishing license is not required when fishing from the shore or pier within the state park, but state regulations still apply.
  • Pets: Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Park Entrance Fees: Visitors must pay daily entrance fees unless they have a Texas State Parks Pass.

Contact and Reservation

To make reservations or find out more information, visitors can contact the park or make reservations through the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. It's recommended to book well in advance for accommodations or rental facilities.

Phone Number: You can call the park office for specific inquiries.

Website: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website offers comprehensive information, including the ability to make reservations online.


Buescher State Park offers a serene and refreshing outdoor experience with opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or a longer camping adventure, Buescher State Park provides a beautiful setting with its pine forests and tranquil lake. Always check the latest park conditions and make reservations prior to your visit.

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Campgrounds in Buescher State Park
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