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Buescher State Park, Smithville

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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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  • Great place to grt out of doors be in nature-it's coming back from the fire we had in our County but it didn't destroy the Park. Great to hike, enjoy nature 
  • This "sister" park (12 miles apart) to Bastrop State Park fared much better in the 2011 wildfires, but suffered some damage in a 2015 fire. Please be mindful when camping. This park has a small fishin...  more »
  • Buescher State Park is really nice for weekends! Campsites, cabins, a small lake that is restocked every year with trout, freshly repaved roads and nice hiking trails! Always good to get away and this...  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.