Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Brazos Bend State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Saw deer, plenty of birds, and gators. Very easy and shady trail with beautiful greenery.

Beautiful trail. Gators galore!

hiking
1 month ago

Used to come here as a kid (At least i think this is it... we called it the "Alligator Park"...) Great little park from what I remember! Lots of pavilions and grills. The walkway was well-maintained and had lots of docks along the way to get a better view of the gators and lily-pads and stuff.
I'll always remember the giant-ass gator that was sleeping on the trail. His head must've been 4' long, but nobody noticed him 'til we were within a dozen feet or so!

I only walked part of Bluestem Trail and part of Riverview Trail. Bluestem was pretty and I would like to hike all of it. However Riverview Trail was disappointing. It's wide like a single lane graveled road, but there is no clear view of the Brazos River. I could tell where the river but so much brush and trees separate you from it. Maybe at the very end you get to see the river, but I didn't find out. I turned around about halfway through the trail. Also very little shade on Riverview Trail.

walking
2 months ago

It was a pretty stroll. I saw so many butterflies!

Easy trail with a great chance to view wildlife / gators! Good trail for Brazos Bend (or any trail) newbies. Wide trail path with lots of scope for sharing the trail with runners, bikers, dogs and the like. Lots of viewing points as well.

Easy hike. Great for kids. I’ve seen up to 20 deer on this trail in the late afternoon. I’ve never seen a gator though. Lots of Hogs at times as well.

Pretty decent trail

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with a lot of gators and birds to see. Literally walked by giant gators lying by the trail. One snapped near the edge while we stopped to take a picture.

This trail is basically a microcosm of Brazos Bend State Park. It is one of the most beautiful scenes in the park. It is loop around the smallest lake on the park. It is a cement trail accessible to everyone. It easy and enjoyable for all ages. I saw several baby alligators. It made sense that the baby alligators might prefer hanging out at Creekfield rather than Elm Lake or 40-Acre lake where the big Gators like to dominate. I can see why, since big alligators eat little Gators.
This is one of the prettiest trails on the park. It offers a show of some of the plants native to this area, including wild Hibiscus, Cypress trees and Duckweed.
This trail is also excellent for sighting water birds! Dragonflies! Butterflies!
Great for getting good pictures. I had the half mile trail to myself on a weekday and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I like the trails on Brazos Bend State Park that a close to where the park borders the Brazos River. These trails are thickly shaded, which makes for a nice walk during hot, sunny days. You are closer to the river where you can get the breezes which are much appreciated during a hot summer afternoon. These trails are away from the crowds, not frequented by the majority of the Park's visitors because they are more remote. They are great afternoon getaway for yourself or you and your honey. There are opportunities to see wildlife in the woodlands there. We saw deer and armadillos​ and birds. Butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.

This trail is basically a microcosm of Brazos Bend State Park. It is one of the most beautiful scenes in the park. It is loop around the smallest lake on the park. It is a cement trail accessible to everyone. It easy and enjoyable for all ages. I saw several baby alligators. It made sense that the baby alligators might prefer hanging out at Creekfield rather than Elm Lake or 40-Acre lake where the big Gators like to dominate. I can see why, since big alligators eat little Gators.
This is one of the prettiest trails on the park. It offers a show of some of the plants native to this area, including wild Hibiscus, Cypress trees and Duckweed.
This trail is also excellent for sighting water birds! Dragonflies! Butterflies!
Great for getting good pictures. I had the half mile trail to myself on a weekday and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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.

11 months ago

Beautiful quiet trail

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Park says they have never had a human fatality from a gator. I'm skeptical. They are big and everywhere. Awesome hike. Was able to walk by most but had to backtrack twice due to big gators on trail. Highly recommend, but stay alert.

mountain biking
Friday, November 04, 2016

I enjoy riding the trails at BBSP. The trails are easy. The Red Buckeye Trail is especially enjoyable on a bike. Love seeing wildlife and taking pics of the beautiful oaks at the park. Nice to have these trails as an option for a fun and quick ride.

Do not bring dog. Alligators will try to eat.

Beautiful, relaxing bike ride. Tons of wildlife.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Easy hike, lots of gators

We had planned to take some of the trails near Hale Lake on the eastern end of the park, but those were off-limits due to hunting season. We opted to start at 40 Acre Lake, hike around The Elm Lake Loop, then take the long route back via the Pilant Slough Trail (about 6 miles total). The first part of our hike was very picturesque and alligator-filled, but it was a little more developed and populated than I prefer. There are restrooms and developed campsites galore, and tons of folks were running, biking, and fishing near the trails. The Pilant Slough Trail is quite beautiful. The weather couldn't have been better—only drank about 2L the entire outing and debated on whether to bring a light jacket at the outset (we didn't need it). I will definitely be back to explore a little more.

mountain biking
Monday, October 19, 2015

First time to ride a mountain bike and this was the first place. Easy and enjoyable. Trails in great shape and nice scenery.

cross country skiing
Thursday, September 10, 2015

I love Brazos Bend. It's far enough from civilization to enjoy peace and quiet (unless you happen to go on a Boy Scout weekend). There are nice paved trails as well as wooded ones. Not only are there plentiful alligator that the park is famous for, t's also a great place for birding. Be aware of venomous snakes, as well as deer, wild hogs, raccoons, opossum, etc. There is a nature center, places for camping....and there is an observatory that fills up quickly weekend evenings. I don't recommend fishing here as the alligators go after bait. If you are in to geocaching there are plenty of caches there too.

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