For access, questions, and reservations contact:
Steven Gibson, Resident Manager
512 237 9656
401 Old Antioch Road
Smithville, TX 78957
Lawrence Gilbert, Director
512 471 4705
Directions to Stengl "Lost Pines" Biological Research Station
The Lorraine F. Wyer Residential Laboratory and the entrance to the field station are located about 3.5 miles (15 minutes drive) from Hwy 71.
From Austin: Take Hwy 71 East, through Bastrop, and nine miles past the intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 95. Watch for a restaurant (La Cabaña) and a large Chevron gas station on the right side of the highway. Immediately after the Chevron, turn left onto KLBJ Road, then make the immediate left onto CR 174 (also called Anne Powell Rd.) Follow the instructions "From Hwy. 71" below. Driving time from Austin is about one hour.
From Houston: Drive west on Interstate 10 until Hwy 71, near Columbus. Take Hwy 71 West, past Smithville. Just past the last of the three exits for Smithville, watch for KLBJ Road (Bastrop County Road 177) and signs to "Science Park". Turn right on KLBJ Road then make an immediate left onto CR174 (also called Anne Powell Rd.) then follow the instructions "From Hwy. 71" below... Driving time from Houston is about 2 hours.
From Hwy. 71: Follow Anne Powell Road (CR 174) for 0.8 miles until it ends in a T-junction at Park Road 1C. Watch for more signs directing you to "Science Park". Turn left onto Park Rd 1C and drive the winding road through the piney woods (you are inside Buescher State Park). Drive past the entrance to the Science Park (at 0.6 miles from Anne Powell Rd), to Old Antioch Rd, which is the first road that turns right past the Science Park. Follow Old Antioch Road 1.4 miles where it makes a sharp turn to the right at Broken Tree Lane. The first gate on the right is the Manger's Residence (401 Old Antioch), and the second gate is the entrance to the field station. Each are marked with red lettering.