nature trips


Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, equestrian, and fishing. Six lakes are easily accessible to fishermen, with piers located at 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lakes. Visitors are cautioned to pay due respect to alligators, which are numerous in some areas of the park. There are at least three free interpretive programs and hikes offered every weekend. Interpretive staff and volunteers offer weekday guided hikes and programs for schools and other educational organizations. Fees and reservations required. The Nature Center is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. and Sat & Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. It's "Habitats and Niches" display offers an unusual "hands-on" alligator discovery area, a tactile model of the park, freshwater aquarium, live native snake species, a touch table and an open-captioned orientation video for all visitors including those with hearing impairments. The George Observatory is located in the park and is open Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information on stargazing programs/passes and other programs, call the Observatory at 979/553-3400 or at 281/242-3055 (as a satellite of the Houston Museum of Natural Science) or visit the George Observatory web site. Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Visitor Center, and at the George Observatory.

Went a about a 4 mile hike - a loop we chose within this bigger loop - with our dog. Very pretty! Enjoyed the beaten path over the manicured. We would definitely go again! Just FYI, there is a $7 per person park entrance fee.

Beautiful quiet trail

A very beautiful and clean park. Will definitely be going back!

2 months ago

This is a wonderful trail to see wildlife !!!
Lots of birds and reptiles.
The trail is in good shape, covered with crushed limestone. A viewing platform is by the parking lot. A picnic area and restrooms are also there. Lots of other hiking trails are in the park.

Great park with lots of trails to pick from. If you Park and start you hike by Elm lake you're bound to see a gator. We saw 3 gators and it was 60 degrees out on a January day. They were on the banks and Sunning themselves. They are pretty amazing to see in the wild. We also saw deer and a snake.

loved this park! took all 3 of my boys and we had the best time. they saw deer, all kinds of birds.. squirrels. we also visited the nature center where they were able to pet gators, snakes and see other animals. there was plenty of terrain and miles of trail. couldn't have picked a better spot for our afternoon!!

Very thankful that I live in a millennium where nature still exists

We parked near the Hale Lake Loop Trail and hiked part of that to get to the Bayou and Sawmill Trails before reaching the Riverview Trail on the way back. So we made a 7.5 mile loop today. Beautiful, clear, wide trails. I don't know how likely you are to see alligators on this side of the park, away from the larger waters. We did not see one nor expect to. We did see so many deer tracks, raccoon prints and wild hog ruts. And walked up on an armadillo! It let us watch it a long while as it ate - pretty neat!
Yes, great trails at Brazos Bend State Park!

Too many gators for small children and pets, but beautiful landscape with lots of exploring to be done.