Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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!

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.

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.

11 months ago

Beautiful quiet trail

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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Easy hike, lots of gators

on Horse Shoe Lake Loop

road biking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Beautiful.

walking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Fun and tons of Alligators! Went on the Elm Lake trail to the Spillway trail then up the observation tower then back down the Spillway trail ending on the Elm Lake trail again. That totaled out to about 2.5 miles give or take.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 18, 2012

I find this to be a somewhat overrated ride. Unless you have a real fascination with large carnivorous reptiles, find another park to go to. I realize that it may have it's own beauty but, I've been there a few times and each time I went I wondered why I even bothered. I certainly wouldn't take my young kids there as you can get too close for comfort to the gators and if you know anything about them, you know there is no outrunning them easily. These are just my opinions. Thanks.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

One of many great trails in the park. We did not see any gators on this one, but it was nice. Great for hiking or biking. When biking, I suggest planning your route to connect to other trails and make a big loop.

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