Brazos Bend State Park, Elm and 40-Acre Lake Trails

Houston, Texas

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Houston
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 65 feet
Top Elevation: 65 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Brazos Bend State Park
Local Maps: Brazos Bend State Park Trails Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Brazos Bend State Park, Elm and 40-Acre Lake Trails

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