Brazos Bend State Park
We spent the weekend camping, playing and not fishing at Brazos Bend State Park, located about an hour south of downtown Houston! We had an amazing time, just look at all there is to do!
Know Before You Go
If you are planning to camp, make reservations early, as the park fills up quickly on weekends and holidays.
Brazos Bend State Park offers some beautiful campsites, far away from any alligators, for tent and RV camping. After a dinner on the grill and a relaxing evening sitting around the campfire, we slept in our tent under some beautiful old pecan trees. As do most state parks, Brazos Bend also offers shelter camping. Shelters are great because you don’t need a tent, just cots or air mattresses since they are empty inside. I loved this Shelter #1, because it’s right next to the playground, a huge plus when camping with kids!
Hiking and Biking
If you love to hike or bike, or just watch animals, you have got to visit Brazos Bend! The park offers over 30 miles for hiking and biking, some paved trail and most off road but easy as the terrain is mostly level. The very LONG roads through the park make for excellent riding, too! The park itself covers over 5,000 acres ! It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) because the park doesn’t rent them, although they should! My kids loved climbing the observation tower on one of the trails!
The trails are beautiful as they wrap around the 6 lakes in the park. Much of the trails are wooded, under some beautiful oak trees draped in moss!
We also came across a mother alligator eating a fish and her babies hanging out around her. In all, I think we counted about 12, and they are so adorable!
But we saw some large gators, too! We spotted this crazy guy trying his skill as an alligator whisperer while we were in the observation tower! He should have stayed on the trail like he was told, but the alligator thought he was delicious! Just kidding, that’s my husband.
Of course, there is lots of other windlife in the park. We saw some amazing ducks, birds and waterfowl! It looks like this silly turtle is posing for us, but he’s really just stretching his limbs out, trying to catch as much sun as possible on the overcast day. Turtles and alligators are both cold blooded, and rely on the heat of the sun to maintain body warmth.
Inside we met a 13 year old park volunteer “in training” who was showing off the baby alligators. The babies were hatched in the park, and will be returned to the wild when they are a year old. Brazos Bend State Park has a terrific volunteer program, and offers classes for those interested. The volunteers help with the numerous programs being offered in the park.
Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville
Click HERE to visit their website.
Click HERE to visit the Friends of Brazos Bend State Park for upcoming events.
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