Brazos Bend State Park

Richmond, Texas 77406

Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A good trip for the whole family, with practically no elevation change and all smooth surfaces. Gator sightings are likely here as well, so if you do bring the kids, keep an eye on them. Two words: pan cake. This trail is so flat it could have given Columbus pause. But that doesn’t mean that a spin around the lakes at Brazos Bend State Park doesn’t offer its own rewards.

For the most part the trail is a wide, level gravel path that runs along elevated embankments next to the lakes and sloughs that make up the park’s interior. The easy terrain and the gorgeous scenery—green swampy meadows and trees filled with Spanish moss—make this the perfect family ride. The trail is a connected series of loops, so you can ride as short or as long as you want. Tread: Wide gravel path, some road, little singletrack."

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"About 45 miles SW of Houston. An easy day hike along part of the Brazos River. Special Attractions: Lush forest, red buckeyes in the spring. The trail starts by passing through a short strip of woods before crossing the paved loop road. On the other side of the road a large sign shows a map of the
hiking trail.

Part of this hike is not shown on the sign, although it is shown on the park map brochure. Many possible trail loops are possible, but this hike follows the outer loop, so you will turn right at most of the forks. With several intersecting trails, be sure to keep track of where you are on the map."

"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 Reviews

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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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This is a great little hike, it is best to go around alligator nesting season around the time the eggs hatch. You see alot of alligators no bigger than 6 ft long from nose to tail tip along with a lot of babies around a foot long! Deffinatly bring, a camera for this one! We walked on a trail a alligators sunning on it and we were no further than 5 feet away from them at times. But dont worry they are used to the population and such just dont disturb. Bring plenty of water and dont forget the renisaunce festival every weekend this time.
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Can get crowded, but there are quite a few trails to follow. If you're lucky, you can run across an aligator or 2. Great for beginner and family hikers.

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Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
45 minutes
Year-round, local conditions permitting
Brazos Bend State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Smithers Lake, Thompsons, Damon, Otey
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Oct 2018