Located in a beautifully rural section of Bastrop County, the city of Smithville sits between the larger cities of Houston and Austin along the Highway 71 corridor. The town is known for having some of the nicest parks in the state, along with a large recreation center, an array of things to see and do, and some extremely friendly people, making it a popular spot to launch your outdoor adventure.
Smithville, TX was established in 1827 by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Gazley, who built the first house and established the first store. In 1887, a rail terminus was created, and the population began to grow.
The town of Smithville is so picturesque, it is hardly surprising that it was the setting for many motion pictures. The film that made the town most famous is the 1998 movie ‘Hope Floats’, starring Sandra Bullock.
Enjoy a self-guided movie tour around town seeking out the sights where filming took place. The Pocket Grill is a good place to stop if you are interested in some movie memorabilia.
The Great Outdoors
When you book an RV in Smithville, you will have access to several unique recreational locations, including beautiful Buescher State Park, which is located north of the city. A small but picturesque park that’s great for a short hike, bike ride or even a paddle across the lake on a warm day. Rent a canoe, go fishing in the well-stocked lake or simply relax in the many grassy areas, it is a lovely place to spend the day. For those experienced cyclists looking for some adventure, there is a popular 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop state parks which offers numerous winding hills.
The powerful Colorado River runs next to the town, and thanks to its lack of white-water hazards and slow-moving flow, is a popular river for boating. There are numerous river access points along the shore, including one in town. Park your RV rental from Smithville along the banks and hop in a canoe, kayak or raft and take to the waters.
Should you prefer to stay closer to town and you have a furry friend with you, then look no further than Doggy Bark Park, the one place within the town that is free from the leash law. Mans best friend is able to roam free on this open piece of land. The park also offers plenty of benches and restrooms should you need a break.
When you rent a motorhome in Smithville, you will need somewhere to park it for the night. The Smithville area caters to out-of-town visitors.
As the name suggests, Colorado Landing RV Park is located in the peaceful setting of the banks of the Colorado River, making it a popular spot for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors. The large sites offer full RV hookup, pull through and back in sites, and guests are able to enjoy the swimming pool and playground area. You’ll find everything you need for a great stay on your doorstep, with a short walk to the river bank, nearby golfing, restaurants, museums, boat rentals, cycle trails and more.
Heading north, just past Bastrop State Park, you’ll find HWY 71 RV park, which boasts both a country atmosphere and the convenience of being near a city. Offering 129 RV camping sites sitting on over 24 acres, the park is large and spacious, with stunning lake views and plenty of amenities including a salt water pool, work out center, WiFi, a weekend breakfast, 24-hour laundry and shower facilities, morning coffee, picnic pavilions and more.
If you are looking for something a little more rustic yet functional, park your Smithville trailer travel rental at Hwy 21 RV Park. At this park, you will be sharing a plot with storage units. The park does offer a game room, restroom and showers, laundry facility, playground, and a dog park.
Nearby Vernon Richard Riverbend Park is located along the lower Colorado River and is officially named after the cities former mayor, Vernon Richards. This site is ideal for those looking for shaded picnic areas and river views The fenced ‘Chuckwagon Square’, provides an ideal location for a party or family reunion. Sports lovers may also enjoy the 9-hole disc golf, softball field, and sand volleyball pits.
Exploring the City
There's a multitude of attractions located near Smithville that provide a variety of fun for folks of all ages. A more unique attraction is the fact that the town is home to Smitty, who once claimed the title of the largest Gingerbread Man in the world, standing at over 20 feet tall. The edible Gingerbread Man is no more, however, his double stands at the end of Main Street, and is quite a sight.
Rail enthusiasts will enjoy hopping on the line at James H Long Railroad Park, where you are able to go back to the 1880s. Walk through the museum that offers the opportunity to learn about the types of transport used during this time or meander through the many old train cars that still surround the depot.
Should it be a taste of the hot Texas sunshine that you are seeking, consider a luxury motorhome rental in Smithville. Enjoy the local cuisine, watch a sunset, and take in the jaw-dropping landscape. Rent an RV in Smithville, TX, and explore The Lone Star State!