Buescher State Park in Smithville, Texas, is comprised of over 1,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. The lush woodland is home to over 250 species of birds, both local and migrant. These are just some of the wildlife visitors may spot. White-tailed deer, armadillos, bobcats, raccoons, and opossums also inhabit the area.
Visitors to Buescher State Park may camp, picnic, hike, boat (non-motorized only), geocache, swim (during the summer), and fish. The park includes a 7.7-mile round-trip trail through the park’s wild woodland area. The park also includes a small lake that is open to fishing and fully stocked with crappie, catfish, and bass all year-round, and rainbow trout during the winter months.
Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park are connected by a hilly and winding 12-mile-long paved road that is open to experienced cyclists. Within Buescher State Park, there is a trail about eight miles long that’s open for mountain biking. Since the wildfires in 2015, most of the trails are currently closed. For current closures and reservation information, contact the park office during business hours, which are listed on the park’s website.
Just like any other Texas state parks, Buescher State Park does not allow any pets inside buildings. And for your dog’s safety and the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet.
It’s also a good idea to bring your own waste bags as they aren’t always available. Be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted signs and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others. If you’re near the Austin area, Buescher State Park is a great place to fish, camp, or take in all the nature the park has to offer.