Buescher State Park Trails is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Smithville, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Smithville, TX: Travel 2 miles northwest on State Highway 71 to FM 153, then north on 53 for .5 mile to enter Park Road 1
Hiked the blue trail out and back late Saturday. Beautiful scenery. 3.2 miles out and back. Very hot and humid. Take plenty water. The entire park is very nice and was not crowded for holiday weekend.
Trail was great in spite of recent rains. A little muddy and some small run offs to cross in places. Will definitely do this one again!
Great trail and workout. A lot of down pine trees due to pine beetles. My map my walk measured 4.6 miles and the provided park map stated 3.6. There is enough shade, sun and breeze to make it enjoyable.
Nice trail system. Parts of the trails have been re-worked. The trail now routes through the woods rather than down the pipeline which is nice. New bridges have been built over sections of the dry creek drops making it easier to get through. Additional trails have been added as part of the transition of the trails into hike and "bike" trails. Mountain bikes are now welcomed. Be mindful of falling limbs and trees since the area has a lot of dead trees from pine beetles and the drought.
We completed the full 7.7 miles. This hike does not provide any scenic views but does provide tranquility. Be aware - there is a lot of tree stumps from new reworking of the trails and also tree roots throughout.
This hike was a nice leisure hike for the hot Texas summer. The trees provided a nice canopy.
Simple Hike, nice and shady for this hot summer.
A fairly simple hike that includes a pine forest and greenway/prairie that follows a natural gas pipeline.
Another note: the trail is not 12 miles. As stated by the designated trailhead signage, the trail is 7.7 miles round trip. Well established, easy trail with a few small hills. Due to the drought, the park rangers appear to be taking an active role in removing hazards of dead falling or felled trees. There is a green belt at about .3 miles in that serves as a natural gas pipeline route. Great place for a jog.
Just a note. There are currently no trails in the park for mountain biking. The trails are hiking only. And i agree with the op, the trails are what i would consider easy to moderate. Very nive enjoyable trail system.
Fairly scenic, would be better in spring/fall. When I went it was 100+ degrees and dry so the vegetation was mostly dried out (there has been a serious drought in Texas). Not a difficult hike as far as elevation change. I thought it was easy to moderate at best. Trails are well defined.