Buescher State Park- Smithville

Buescher State Park- Smithville

Buescher State Park is a well-kept secret in Texas. It is not over run by tourist seeking a good time. To be honest it is quite the hidden gem! We visited Buescher during the summer time and it was so much FUN! First off let me start by saying that even though there is a 17-acre lake in this park there is NO SWIMMING allowed here. So if you are looking for a place to cool off sorry to say this is not the park for you. However, if you are looking to have some fun fishing, canoeing, exploring then this is definitely the park for you.Let me start off by telling you check in was a breeze compared to the larger parks. You were in and out in no time at all. The camp sites are very private. You are unable to see most of the tents when you pass on the street. Here is the street view of our campsite. Each site has 2 parking spaces in front of the site. So you not only have the trees giving you privacy so is your car. So they are wonderfully private.


Once you get to your camp site they have a section where you can put your tent. This is nice because it is slightly elevated. This helped out because it poured one day we were there.  You are provided with a small grill and a picnic table, as is standard with most state parks. The children delighted in exploring in the “forest” around our campsite. They found sticks big enough to use as hiking sticks and off they went.


On there mini hiking trips they were able to catch tiny frogs, see squirrels and locate raccoon poop (which believe me was a HUGE find for them).They were also able to locate the a part of the lake within walking distance from our camp site. Though the water was not running in this part of the lake they were still able to have some fun skipping rocks. 


The next day we headed out to the lake for some good old fishing. They have quite a variety of fish up for catching. We tried several spots but found that they best fishing spot was the one located next to the picnic area. This was were we were able to catch 3 fish. The best thing about fishing is that it teaches the children patience. This fellow parents know is not an easy task. I will not lie its not like we sit there in complete silence I mean come on we have 6 children. But the look on their faces when they do catch a fish is priceless.The park also gives you the opportunity to rent a kayak or a canoe for $10 an hour. This was on my list of things to do however, they only accept CASH. So unless you have your own I would strongly suggest you take cash with you so you don’t miss out on this experience like we did.


In October 2015 almost half of the park suffered from a devastating forest fire. It is so very sad to see. They have a beautiful 12 mile scenic view trail that you can take by car. It starts out beautiful then you start to see the burned trees. It just breaks your heart but this is a good time to bring awareness to your children about fire safety. Some may think it is crazy but I swear driving down that path you can still smell the burnt trees. We were also lucky enough to see many deers and birds along the trail.


While we were on the trail and adventuring throughout the park we were able to use Junior Ranger Pack that we had checked out when we signed in. This was a first the other parks we had been to did not have this. My kids absolutely loved it. I strongly suggest you check one out when you visit. It included 2 journals. One in which you could read other Jr. rangers adventures as well as record you own. They also had a compass, binoculars, and a variety of maps.


At night s’more making is a camping tradition along with ghost stories they are a must. After dinner and smores, it was so quiet. We fell asleep gazing up at stars and listening to the night music of the frogs. It was amazing. However, I did notice that there were little roaches around the area so please make sure you clean out your stuff when you are packing it up.


So like always remember “If happiness is the goal-and it should be, then adventures should be a priority!”-Richard Brannon

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14 thoughts on “Buescher State Park- Smithville

  1. It looks like you had a great trip! I love S’mores! The state park looks beautiful; too bad about the fire, though. My family hasn’t done much in Texas. We need to spend some time there!

  2. I had not heard of Buescher State Park before. My kiddos and I will keep the place in mind should we ever visit Texas.
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  3. It looks like you all had a lot of fun. We love visiting our state parks. There are so many near us and we are always finding something new each time we visit. What a great way to spend the summer.
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  4. I’ve always wanted to visit Texas. State parks are known for their scenery so I would imagine for those that enjoy camping doing so in a state park would be quite relaxing.

  5. It looks like a fantastic place to explore and have an adventure. I love the fact it is not overun with tourists.

  6. My kids would love that at check in too. It’s fun to journal and find things as you go. Your pics are great and it sounds fun.

  7. This does look like a wonderful place to escape for sonecr and r. I love the river and all the greenery…. relaxing!

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