Looking for a great trail in Brazos Bend State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, walking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Brazos Bend State Park ranging from 0.7 to 5 miles and from 52 to 72 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

Haven't seen as many birds in a park as I have here. Saw a few gators as well - the biggest one of them literally right next to the trail. Had I known what the trails were like here, though, I wouldn't have worn my Merrell Vapor Glove 2s. They're great for dirt trails since you can feel the soft ground, and they're great for scrambling mountains and huge rocks since they are lightweight and have a lot of grip.. but the trails at Brazos Bend are covered with small, non-smooth rocks that took a toll on the soles of my feet, especially the toes. I'll be wearing a pair of minimalist shoes that are slightly thicker to this park next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Newest trail at Brazos Bend State Park. Good bird and wildlife viewing in wetlands lining the trail: I saw a great blue heron, a green heron, some egrets, some ibis, and many common woodland birds. Trail follows the park road, which is only a couple hundred feet away; so not very secluded. Avoid this trail in the summer due to bugs and after a rain due to mud. Overall, a nice hike if you want to get away from the crowds at the park's big lakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Nearly flat loop around its namesake lake. Good birding and wildlife viewing: I saw several egrets, coots, herons, and alligators. Observation tower at northeast corner of loop offers fantastic view of the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Secluded wide dirt trail in northwest corner of park. Only accessible via the Horseshoe Loop Trail. Nice views of its namesake creek, which does indeed flow through a big ravine. Avoid this trail in the summer (heat and bugs) and after a hard rain (mud).

hiking
1 month ago

The route shown here shows not just the Horseshoe Lake Loop but also the Elm Lake Loop and the Spillway Trail. Regardless, it is a nearly flat hike with great bird and wildlife viewing. I saw numerous turtles and several egrets and herons. Avoid this trail in the summer due to heat and bugs or right after a hard rain due to mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Wide, nearly flat loop around Elm Lake. Great bird and wildlife viewing, especially in the winter: I saw egrets, coots, herons, ibis, and cormorants, among others. Probably the easiest and best birding hike at Brazos Bend.

hiking
1 month ago

Saw 25 alligators today!

on 40 Acre Lake Trail

bike touring
1 month ago

Most trails connect to make at least a 25 mile loop. Make sure it is dry. Mountain bike tires needed. Watch or poisonous snakes warming themselves on the trail.

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Creekwood Lake Trails are closed permanently. Bayou Trail is still open.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice paved path. Good for little kids to walk the entire way. Nice boardwalks and benches for viewing wildlife. We saw a baby gator in the water and several types of water fowl.

2 months ago

Nice walk We saw a big huge alligator in the river Beautiful fall trees, especially for the south We saw a coral snake, the first time I’ve seen one! Black on yellow!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great gravel/muddy trail, loops around a lot but connects with other trails to keep you exploring. Lots of woody shade in the beginning and then opens up to more swampy scenery. Lots of benches and families, great for all ages. Didn’t spot any gators this time.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Walked slowly with 6 kids around the loop. We saw tons of alligators. Gorgeous weather! Great short walk, nicely maintained.

nature trips
2 months ago

Save the best for last 12 alligators resting on the banks the big ones on back right side leading to yet another connected trail !

mountain biking
2 months ago

Took 72 probably easier than trail ...after quicksand on Frankie trail yesterday taking no chances :)

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful greenery. Lots of wildlife... be cautious of snakes, because they are definitely out there!

Sentier très sympa et accessible. De jolies fleurs sauvages des araignées et des biches ..... petit coin sympa pour les pêcheurs ! C est le WILD!!!

J ai adore ces balades chaudes et pleines de découvertes ! Des serpents des araignées des biches et un très jeune faon sans oublier les alligators ! La nuit j ai eu la joie de voir des centaines de lucioles c était vraiment magique beau et relaxant .....avant que le raccoon vienne me dépouiller ma poubelle( c’est de ma faute je ne l avais pas mise en hauteur!) une superbe aventure et merci aux RANGERS qui ont su veiller sur moi la nuit car j étais SEULE ! Une belle expérience en profondeur avec moi même et de superbes rencontres animales.....

hiking
5 months ago

Alligators!

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail! We have been coming to Brazos Bend twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring since my oldest was four (he is now 21). Awesome hike and you get to see alligators, turtles, snakes, bull frogs and various birds. A photographers paradise!

hiking
5 months ago

A easy trail ... just make sure to watch for the numerous banana spiders ;)

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of wild life on this trail at night!

hiking
5 months ago

Theres a lot to see on this trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Didn’t get to finish the trail because the short cut part was closed today.

mountain biking
closed
muddy
6 months ago

Trail was closed this weekend, not sure how long it has been closed.

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