Brazos Bend State Park
Things to Do
Activities include, picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding 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. The Nature Center houses exhibits pertaining to the three major ecosystems in the park.
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 website.
Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Nature Center, and the George Observatory.
Creekfield Lake Nature Trail
This accessible nature trail and interpretive exhibit pilot project is the first of its kind for the department (1995) and was designed with the assistance of the greater Houston area disabled community in partnership with The George Foundation, Fort Bend County and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The trail is fully paved and takes visitors on a 0.5-mile loop tour of an outstanding wetland area. Exciting features along this trail include a series of interpretive panels with tactile bronzes of wetland wildlife, an accessible boardwalk and observation deck for wildlife viewing, and rest areas with shaded benches. A self-guided manual and scavenger hunt is available at the park headquarters and Nature Center or from the Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization web site.
Hike and Bike/Foot Trails
Hike and bike trails are located around 40-Acre, Elm and Hale lakes and interconnect. Alligator viewing is best from the 40-Acre and Elm Lake Trail system. Foot trails take you off the beaten path into the hardwood forest. Always take plenty of water with you for you and your pets. As with all state parks, pets are allowed on leash only, and the leash can be no longer than six feet. Do not allow pets to drink from or enter the water. "Know your Alligator Etiquette" is found on park maps and posted throughout the park. An Outdoor Guidebook will assist you in learning about the park's different ecosystems and outdoor safety. The guidebook is available on the volunteer website or for sale only at the Nature Center Gift Shop.
19 primitive equestrian campsites are located at the trailhead of the 13-mile equestrian/multiple-use trail system. The campground is located under a grove of pecan trees, and each site has a picnic table. Some sites have a campfire ring. Electricity, water and shower facilities are not provided at the campsite. Water for horses and chemical toilets are available.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events.
The Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization is one of the largest in Texas State Parks and has been incorporated since 1989. This hands-on group assists with park maintenance and interpretive activities. It operates the Nature Center and its own gift shop. Training is offered in February and September. For information about being a Brazos Bend Park Host, contact the park.
Nearby attractions include the San Jacinto Battleground, San Jacinto Monument and the BattleshipTEXAS; Galveston Island State Park; Brazoria County Access Point (San Luis Pass County Park); Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson; the George Ranch; Houston's attractions; and West Columbia, which was founded in 1826 and served as the capital of the Texas Republic for a brief period in 1836. West Columbia is the site of Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site and is approximately 25 miles south of Brazos Bend.