Brazos Bend State Park 40-Acre Lake Loop Trail/Elm Lake Loop Trail

Smithers Lake, Texas

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Brazos Bend State Park has more than 22 miles of hiking trails within its roughly 5,000 acres. It is one of the best camping and day-use parks in the area and is less than an hour from Houston. The 40-Acre Lake Loop Trail and the Elm Lake Loop Trail are located in the southwest section of the park, with the majority of the park stretching to the east and north. The trails are on elevated crushed-granite walkways, which get you as close to the wildlife as possible while still being at a safe distance. If you are interested in birds, more than 290 species have been sighted here. A nature center near the center of the park houses exhibits that pertain to the major ecosystems (marshes and woodlands) in the park. The center is free and open on weekends and most holidays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston

by Laurie Roddy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Brazos Bend State Park has more than 22 miles of hiking trails within its roughly 5,000 acres. It is one of the best camping and day-use parks in the area and is less than an hour from Houston. The 40-Acre Lake Loop Trail and the Elm Lake Loop Trail are located in the southwest section of the park, with the majority of the park stretching to the east and north.

The trails are on elevated crushed-granite walkways, which get you as close to the wildlife as possible while still being at a safe distance. If you are interested in birds, more than 290 species have been sighted here. A nature center near the center of the park houses exhibits that pertain to the major ecosystems (marshes and woodlands) in the park. The center is free and open on weekends and most holidays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Smithers Lake
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Brazos Bend State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Thompsons, Damon
Driving Directions: Directions to Brazos Bend State Park: 40-Acre Lake Loop Trail/Elm Lake Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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This was not the most challenging hike. This part of Texas is flat, and the trail was white rock. Still, I really enjoyed it. Great opportunities for photos of birds, alligators, and snakes. There is a severe drought that was very noticeable, so hopefully there will be a good fall rain.



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May 2018