Brazos Bend State Park

Richmond, Texas

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One of Texas’s most beautiful and rewarding state parks, Brazos Bend is worth a visit anytime — though you might want to avoid summer weekends, when its popularity and proximity to Houston can make for crowds. Covering 4,897 acres, with 3.2 miles of the Brazos River forming part of its boundary, it encompasses 21 miles of hiking trails, seven lakes, a slough, and a good-size creek. Much of its habitat is bottomland forest with live oak, water oak, pecan, and elms; Spanish moss and resurrection fern create a lush, almost tropical atmosphere in the woodlands. Elsewhere the park preserves some remnant tall-grass coastal prairie, dotted with wildflowers from spring through fall.

Brazos Bend State Park Professional Review and Guide

"One of Texas’s most beautiful and rewarding state parks, Brazos Bend is worth a visit anytime — though you might want to avoid summer weekends, when its popularity and proximity to Houston can make for crowds. Covering 4,897 acres, with 3.2 miles of the Brazos River forming part of its boundary, it encompasses 21 miles of hiking trails, seven lakes, a slough, and a good-size creek.

Much of its habitat is bottomland forest with live oak, water oak, pecan, and elms; Spanish moss and resurrection fern create a lush, almost tropical atmosphere in the woodlands. Elsewhere the park preserves some remnant tall-grass coastal prairie, dotted with wildflowers from spring through fall."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Richmond
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Driving Directions: Directions to Brazos Bend State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

1/29/2008
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Spent 9am to 3:30pm birding around this beautiful park to see numerous birds such as the ibis, blue heron, and bald eagle. Also saw 5 alligators (8-9 feet) and water turtles sunning themselves on the banks beside the trails. The nature center is staffed by some very nice people. One of them took out a baby alligator for us to pet. There were deer too. We walked the trails around 2 of the lakes (about 5 miles). They say there are mosquitoes during the summer.



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May 2018