Buescher State Park is on Farm Road 153 and Park Road 1, three miles north of Smithville in eastern Bastrop County. The state acquired the park's original 1,730 acres in the mid-1930s from the city of Smithville and from private owners. The park featured part of the Lost Pine Forest and offered excellent opportunities for camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and bird-watching. The scenic park road that connected the Buescher and Bastrop state parks was popular among motorists and cyclists. Buescher State Park was reduced in size to 1,013 acres in the early 1970s, when part of its property was transferred to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for use as an environmental science park. About 250,000 people visited Buescher State Park in 1990.