Buescher State Park Trail

Bastrop, Texas

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The park has multiuse and tent camping, picnic areas, a recreation hall, and a playground, in addition to a lake that allows nonmotorized boating and fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, perch, and, in the winter, rainbow trout. Buescher State Park is on beautiful, wooded land, part of the “Lost Pines,” the most westerly stand of loblolly pines in the United States, a 70-square-mile area of pine and hardwoods separated from the East Texas Pineywoods by about 100 miles of rolling post oak woodlands. This land was part of Stephen F. Austin’s original colonial grant, and the El Camino Real or King’s Highway, which connected San Antonio de Bexar (now the city of San Antonio) and Spanish missions in east Texas, passed near the park along what is present-day State Highway 21 and Old San Antonio Road. Original park improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and CCC-built facilities are still in use in the park. A scenic, 12-mile drive through the forest on Park Road 1C connects Buescher State Park and Bastrop State Park. If you and your dog make both hikes, you will enjoy taking this drive between them.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)

The park has multiuse and tent camping, picnic areas, a recreation hall, and a playground, in addition to a lake that allows nonmotorized boating and fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, perch, and, in the winter, rainbow trout. Buescher State Park is on beautiful, wooded land, part of the “Lost Pines,” the most westerly stand of loblolly pines in the United States, a 70-square-mile area of pine and hardwoods separated from the East Texas Pineywoods by about 100 miles of rolling post oak woodlands.

This land was part of Stephen F. Austin’s original colonial grant, and the El Camino Real or King’s Highway, which connected San Antonio de Bexar (now the city of San Antonio) and Spanish missions in east Texas, passed near the park along what is present-day State Highway 21 and Old San Antonio Road. Original park improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and CCC-built facilities are still in use in the park. A scenic, 12-mile drive through the forest on Park Road 1C connects Buescher State Park and Bastrop State Park. If you and your dog make both hikes, you will enjoy taking this drive between them.

©  Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bastrop
Distance: 7.7
Elevation Gain: 110 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 390 feet
Top Elevation: 490 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Buescher State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Buescher State Park Trail

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