Buescher State Park is a smaller state park in hill country Texas featuring towering pine trees and a serene lake! If you live around the La Grange, Texas area, you may be missing out on some great and short trails.
Address:78 Park Road 11 South, Gonzales, TX 78629-5180
- 2.1 hours from Houston, 1.7 hours from San Antonio, 45 minutes from Austin
Price: $5 daily entrance fee, overnight camping sites available from $12/night
Pine Gulch Trail
The largest trail in the park is called Pine Gulch and is 3.91 miles over relatively hilly terrain and pinewood forests. Considering that most of Texas is flat, this geographic spot of hill country is special and unique.
We started on the trail by heading north east and were initially disappointed by loud road noise and relatively lame scenery. I love hearing the natural sounds of the trail so my pet peeve is when a trail has road noise (which is the case for the first 0.8 miles of the trail). Push through!
As you make it about 1 mile onto the trail you are absorbed into the beautiful forest atmosphere. More pictures:
From this point on the trail kept getting better!
Buescher State Park Lake
There is a nice 25-acre lake available for fishing and canoe rentals. It’s worth noting that there was some barbecue pits next to the lake and it would have been a great spot to grill!
According to the fishing tip sheet for the lake, there is a healthy population of largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, sunfish, and rainbow trout. The park also has very lenient daily limits, allowing you to keep up to 5 fish of each type (and unlimited sunfish). Definitely wish I would have brought my fishing rod!
Review and Recommendations
There was a lot of great aspects of the park that made up for the road noise near the start of the trail. It seemed like every step on the trail was in a better direction. There was some really beautiful views of the pine forest and juxtaposition with the dusty desert sections of trail.
This is a great park for families and mountain bikers. I plan on going back to the park and bringing a mountain bike to experience what may be a more thrilling experience.
Another aspect of the park I missed by not bringing proper equipment was the fishing. Had I researched how great the fishing rules are there I would have brought my fishing setup in a heartbeat.
Ultimately, if you are within an hour of the park it is worth the visit but this park is not worth being the only destination of a 1+ hour trip.
Signs of a good hike: