Buda, Texas

Buda, Texas

Buda is approximately 5 – 6 miles from South Austin. Commercial development along the I-35 corridor, such as the Cabela’s sporting goods store, has increased city sales tax revenue, and city leaders hope that further revitalization of downtown Buda will attract tourists and residents to the Main Street area. Buda attracts national attention for its lighthearted wiener dog races every April.

History of Buda

The City of Buda was formally established on April 1, 1881, when Cornelia Trimble donated land for a town site. Phillip J. Allen had settled the area, originally part of the Mexican land grant to Stephen B. von Eggleston, as early as 1846. The first community center in this part of the county was Mountain City, developed before the Civil War. It was rapidly depopulated as its residents and businesses flocked to the new rail depot, which took the name of Du Pre. Folklore has it that the name originated in 1880. As the railroad pushed into Hays County, the postmaster at Mountain City approached a railroad official and requested, “Do, pray, give us a depot.” In 1887, at the request of the post office department, the name was changed to Buda. The town had gained a reputation as a popular eating stop for rail travelers, and the name may refer to a pair of widows who cooked at the Carrington Hotel in the 1880s.

Local Services

Hays County Government Center
712 S Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos

Hays County Commissioners Court
111 E San Antonio Street, San Marcos

Buda Public Library
405 E Loop St, Bldg 100, Buda
budalibrary.org 512-295-5899

Buda Police Department
Chief of Police: Bo Kidd
405 E Loop St, Bldg 200, Buda
Non-Emergency 512-312-1001
Emergency 9-1-1

Buda Fire Department
Fire Chief: Clay Huckaby
Station 1 – 209 FM 967, Buda
Station 2 – 151 FM 2001, Buda
Station 3 – 3502 FM 967, Buda
Emergency 9-1-1

Parks and Recreation

If green is your thing, you’ll find plenty of it in Buda. Whether you’re looking for a place for the kids to let loose or simply want to enjoy the fresh air and greenery, Buda’s parks are the place to be!

Bonita Vista Park
300 Bonita Vista Dr

Bradfield Park
140 Crescent Dr

City Park
204 San Antonio St

Stagecoach Park
880 Main St

Cullen Country
211 Cullen Blvd

Downtown Greenbelt
319 Main St

Garlic Creek Park
1195 Heep Run

Green Meadows Park
2357 Green Meadows Ln

310 Buda Sportsplex Dr

Stagecoach Park
880 Main St Stone Rim Loop

Stoneridge Park
1131 Stone Rim Loop

Summer Pointe Park
1026 Old Black Colony Rd.

Whispering Hollow Park
1160 Old Black Colony Rd

Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park
480 S Loop 4



HCISD Administration Office
21003 IH 35 512-268-2141

Elementary Schools

Buda Elementary School
1060 Old San Antonio Rd

Carpenter Hill Elementary School
4410 FM 967

Elm Grove Elementary School
801 FM 1626

Green Elementary School
1301 Old Goforth Rd.

Pfluger Elementary School
4951 Marsh Lane

Middle Schools

Barton Middle School
4950 Jack C. Hays Trail

Dahlstrom Middle School
3600 FM 967

McCormick Middle School
5700 Dacy Lane

High Schools

Hays High School
4800 Jack C. Hays Trl.

Johnson High School
4260 FM 967

Alternative Schools

Impact Center
4125 FM 967

Live Oak Academy
4820 Jack C. Hays Trail


There’s a lot to see and do in Buda and the surrounding hill country, with a variety of fun activities for the whole family!

15570 S IH-35

Outdoor merchandise with an educational & entertainment show-room, featuring adécor of animal displays, aquariums, and trophy animals interacting in their natural habitats

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake, Texas is centrally located between Austin and San Antonio and just minutes from New Braunfels, Gruene, Bulverde, and Spring Branch. On the rim of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Canyon Lake has a shoreline of 80 miles and cool, gentle waters on the Guadalupe River. Known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, Canyon Lake has beautiful clear water, striped bass, camping and day parks, hiking trails, and lots of room for recreation. Twenty-three boat ramps provide easy access.

Carrington House, Gazebo & Buda City Park

Buda Park and Pavilion are used for public gatherings and concerts. The Gazebo is the centerpiece of the greenbelt that is home to local festivals including BudaFest (early December). Across the street the Carrington House, once a hotel and cafe, is now an office building and demonstrates our community’s commitment to preserving our past while looking to the future.

Highland Lakes

The Highland Lakes are located in the Hill Country of central Texas starting about 85 miles northwest of Austin and going all the way into Austin. The six lakes include Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lake Austin. Four of the six Highland Lakes are normally constant-level lakes for ideal boating and other water activities.

Historic Stagecoach Park & Post Office

Visitors can see the original Post Office built in the late 1800s. Currently, the Post Office is part of a 50-acre park under renovation by the City of Buda and public-private partnerships that will become the centerpiece for welcoming guests to our area. Once completed, the park will include an Amphitheatre and Visitor Center with incredible views of the classic Hill Country scene on picturesque Onion Creek.