Explore Smithville

Smithville, Texas is located in rural eastern Bastrop County near the Colorado River. It is conveniently located to the big cities of Austin, Houston and San Antonio but always a quiet place to come home to. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 40 miles west on Highway 71, and Houston and San Antonio are about 2 hours away. It offers a variety of homeowner options from historical downtown, newer housing developments and rural/ranch life.  Smithville is a classic, quaint Texas small town that is community minded. The city of Smithville's vision is "to maintain a small town sense of community while encouraging positive growth and continually improve standards of living for the citizens of Smithville, Texas".  It was first settled by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Gazely in 1827 and by the late 1800's became incorporated and a flourishing railroad town.


Home of the Tigers                                        Accountability Rating 2016     Distinction Designations                                                                                                                                              

Brown Primary School:  PK-2    461 students              Met Standard

Smithville Elementary:  3-5      397 students               Met Standard                                                                                                            

Smithville Junior High: 6-8       376 students              Met Standard              Math, Science, Social Studies                                                                                                        

Smithville High School: 9-12    574 students               Met Standard              ELA/Reading, Science, Top 25% closing gaps  

Tax rate: $1.2540 per hundred  



The Smithville Recreation Center is a city owned multi purpose facility which includes a gymnasium, meeting rooms, racquetball courts, weight and cardio rooms and offers programs for the community of Smithville and surrounding areas.

Buescher State Park offers hiking, camping, fishing, and non motorized boating in the beautiful Lost Pines of Texas.

Riverbend Park, located on the banks of the lower Colorado River, is a popular Smithville recreation area.  It features campsites, a light watercraft launch, pavilion, softball field, volleyball court, and large playground to name a few.

Rocky Hill Ranch is " The Mountain Bike and Outdoor Events Capital of Texas" located just outside Smithville.  It offers a unique mountain bike experience with 25 miles of trails and plays host to multiple yearly events and races.

The Smithville Jamboree is a "Hometown Celebration" held in April at Riverbend Park with a parade, livestock show & sale, carnival and, of course, the crowning of the queen. 

Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport is a small public airport with a 4,000 foot runway that includes a fuel availability, outdoor tie down space and rental hangar space.

Smithville has a little bit for everyone from unique downtown shops and restaurants to dedicated space for the youth in town  There are several parks including the Smithville Veterans Memorial Park.  It features a memorial space and statue dedicated to the brave men and women who have served since the Texas War for Independence in 1836. It also features a push button splash pad to bring "youthful energy and joy" to the park. Also, near by is a unique skate park 




The ColoVista community lies about 10 minutes away from Bastrop and about 20 minutes away from La Grange off Texas Hwy 71. Known for it’s top rated golf course since 1997, the ColoVista Country Club and golf course fell into disrepair after it’s owner passed away and it eventually closed it’s doors in 2009. After years of watching their neglected community fall into disrepair and suffer in the Bastrop Complex Fire that destroyed some of the area, the home owners finally gained control of their community in 2011 and have been working hard to bring the subdivision and the ColoVista golf course back to life. The ColoVista POA has hired the Billy Casper Golf management company to manage the course and it reopened to the public in July 2013.

The students from this area are eligible to attend schools in the Smithville ISD.

With home prices varying from the upper $100,000’s to the $800,000’s there is a home available for a variety of budgets.


Doty River Estates is located 9 miles south of Bastrop along Hwy 71 just before you reach Smithville, Texas. Once the Doty Family Ranch, it has been turned into generous 1-3 acre residential home lots. Situated down on the Colorado River, there are a variety of homes on level lots with some of the properties having Colorado River frontage. There are sometimes existing homes for sale, and currently there are some lots still available for you to build on. Residential lot prices range from mid $30,000’s to mid $40,000’s.

Children in the Doty River Estates subdivision are eligible to attend the schools in the Smithville ISD.


The Indian Lake Subdivision is aptly named as it sits on the shores of Indian Lake in Smithville, Texas. Although Indian Lake is not big enough for motorized craft, row boats, kayaks and other manually powered boats are welcomed and the lake is perfect for fishing.

From Smithville the subdivision is an easy 5 minute drive and only 45 minutes from Austin. The subdivision is controlled by a home owners association and has light covenants and annual dues of around $120. Available home prices at Indian Lake are in the low to mid $100,000’s with some lower prices to be found occasionally. The students at the Indian Lake subdivision are eligible to attend the Smithville ISD.

Here is a link to the Indian Lake HOA, www.indianlakeowners.org


La Reata Ranch subdivision, located between Smithville and Bastrop on TX State Highway 304, is just a fifteen minute drive from both towns. This Bastrop County subdivision was created in 1999 out of a former ranch. The La Reata Ranch subdivision contains 192 lots, with most containing an established selection of trees, including oak, pine and cedar. Some of the lots can even qualify for an agricultural tax exemption. The subdivision is run by a property owners association and features nature trails, a park, grills, picnic tables, a sand volleyball court and basketball goal for the property owners to use. There is also a nice catch and release fishing pond for the residents to use as well.

The students of this subdivision as eligible to attend the schools in the Smithville ISD

Home prices in La Reata Ranch vary from the $200,000’s to the $300,000’s and lot prices start at around $41,000.

Here is a link to the homeowners association, lareataranch.org


Lake Thunderbird is a mixed use community located near Smithville, Texas. It boasts two fishing only lakes and has lake side homes and home sites. It is governed by a home owners association and includes a community center, pool and playground.

The community does require septic systems so future homeowners must plan accordingly and make sure home plans meet the Bastrop County guidelines and home owners association deed restrictions.  

Lake Thunderbird is serviced by Aqua Water and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Smithville ISD.

Here is a link the the Lake Thunderbird HOA, www.lakethunderbirdhoa.org


Pine Valley Estates is a mixed use community located 13 miles down Hwy 304 from Hwy 71 in Smithville, Texas. it is a single family residence neighborhood with home styles ranging from mobile homes to traditional Texas. The area also is close to Foster Lake a reservoir popular with local fisherman stocked with bass, rainbow trout and steelhead trout.  

The Pine Valley Estates neighborhood is located within the Smithville ISD.