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Buescher State Park, Smithville

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State Park
Buescher State Park is a state park located just north of Smithville, Texas. The park consists of 1016.7acre of public land donated to the state by Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher, as well as the City of Smithville.HistoryBetween the years 1933 and 1936, Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher deeded of land to the State of Texas. After Emil Buescher's death, his heirs donated 318acre more. The rest of the parkland was acquired from the city of Smithville.Companies 1805 and 1811 of the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park facilities between 1933 and 1939 using native stone to better blend with the surrounding landscape.When it opened in 1940, the park was. In 1967, the Texas Legislature transferred to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for use as a science park research facility.FeaturesThe park features a 7.7mi round trip hiking trail through the park's undeveloped area. There is also a small lake open for canoeing and fishing. The lake is stocked with crappie, catfish and bass year around and with rainbow trout in winter. Camping and picnicking areas are available.
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  • The park is very nice...lots of foliage and a small lake. RV sites are concrete pads but electric and water hook ups are not situated to accommodate large RVs. 30 amp electric and water no sewer but t...  more »
  • Stayed for 2 nights during Presidents Day weekend and have say this is the nicest state park we've visited so far. We rented one of the screened shelters and couldn't have asked for a more perfect set...  more »
  • Even though they had fires at the park there are still places to go and enjoy. This park is what has me going back to Bastrop every year. They have cabins to stay in and a swimming pool for those hot ...  more »
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  • Nice clean park with lots of shade. Has fishing and canoe rentals. The bike trail between this park and Bastrop state park is beautiful. Well maintained.
  • Loved it. Only downside is no swimming. But the Rangers are awesome and the campsites are great.
  • Beautiful park, peaceful and serene.
  • One of our favorite parks! Always has clean bathrooms, hot water. Great place to camp. Sites are decently level for rv's. Great lake to fish and kayak/canoe.
  • Nice and clean campsite.