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Buescher State Park

  • 360° view from the deck of a mini cabin.

Things to Do

Activities include non-motorized boating (no ramp/small lake); fishing in a stocked lake; nature study; hiking, geocaching; interpretive tours (call the park or check the calendar of events); and biking. The scenic, 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop state parks, which is winding and hilly, is ideal for biking but should be used only by experienced cyclists. Approximately six miles between the parks is private land; trespassing on private land and camping between parks is not permitted. The park also includes about eight miles of mountain bike/trail riding through pine trees and cedar elms. Swimming is not currently allowed in the park; Bastrop State Park has a swimming pool open seasonally. Canoe rentals are available. We also loan fishing equipment for use in the park.

In addition to campsites, the park also has screened shelters, air-conditioned cabins, and group sites.

Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks - The Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks was organized to assist in the promotion, interpretation and operation of Bastrop and Buescher state parks. As a fundraising and service group, the goal of the friends group is to help in the overall operation of the park through sponsoring events, helping fund projects and raising the awareness of Bastrop and Buescher state parks as an asset to the community and surrounding areas. For more information, go to the Friends of Lost Pines State Parks website.

Scenic Drives (Field Trips on Wheels) - Get in the car and go for a leisurely drive along Park Road 1C between Buescher and Bastrop state parks. This scenic 12-mile route will take you through the beautiful Lost Pines of East Central Texas. Turn down the radio and enjoy the serenity of the forest along this quiet drive. Call the park for more information.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks.”

Tawny crazy ants, an exotic invasive species, are in the park. These ants do not sting. TPWD is working with experts to reduce the number of ants without harming the park’s other wildlife. Learn more about invasive ants.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Bastrop State ParkMonument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic SitesLockhart State ParkLake Somerville State Park & Trailway and McKinney Falls State Park, as well as Lake Bastrop and the cities of Bastrop, Smithville and Austin.

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100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, TX 78957

Latitude: 30.039098

Longitude: -97.158295

(512) 237-2241

P.O. Box 75
Smithville, TX 78957-0075
Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
  • Driving Tour Fee: $3 Daily
  • Adult Group Day Use: $3 Daily

Open daily.

Office Hours

December - February, June - September:
Daily:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

March - May, October - November:

Saturday - Thursday:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closed for lunch: 
Monday - Thursday, year-round:  noon to 1 p.m.

The park office is closed on Dec. 25.
When the office is closed, please use the self-pay station.


January average low is 38 degrees. July average high is 96 degrees. Average rainfall is 36.5 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

324 feet

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