Brazos Bend State Park, Elm and 40-Acre Lake Trails Professional Review and Guide
"This hike combines loops around two of the park’s lakes for a scenic route that practically guarantees alligator sightings. This rock and caliche trail leads into wooded bottomland of sprawling oaks, snarly brush, and palmettos along the deep slough, passing a lot of moss-covered fallen trees and logs that dogs will want to sniff.
The hike then continues around to the right of 40-Acre Lake, where you will see and hear a plethora of ducks, egrets, herons, and other birds and may spot the occasional gator. The route passes a turnoff to Hoot’s Hollow Trail, then the Prairie Trail, and crosses a parking lot, where there are restrooms, water, and a picnic area."