Wow – what a fantastic Texas State Park! Some of what makes this one of the best and a must visit include:
Outstanding campsites – spacious, level, long, and shaded
Miles of trails for hiking, biking, jogging, or a casual birding watching stroll
Plenty to see and do for all ages
Clean, well maintained, and very friendly and outgoing staff
For all of the above reasons, Brazos Bend State Park stays very busy and you’ll need to make reservations well in advance. This park is huge with over 5000 acres and is the only park in Texas with three distinct eco systems – wetlands, forest, and prairie – all of which contribute to making this is an interesting and scenic park. Contributing to its beauty are tall, stately, and majestic live oak trees up to 150 years old and covered with hanging eerie gray Spanish moss. In addition, you’ll find several verities of pecan,
The Brazos River borders (3.2 miles) the east side of Brazos Bend State Park and it is home to some good fishing, kayak paddling trails, and tubing. Within the park and near the campsites are seven lakes for fishing, birding, or alligator spotting. Brazos Bend State Park is home to the American Alligator and during your stay if you hike or bike along any of the lake trails you’re likely to spot several alligators hunting, casually swimming, or sunning themselves on the banks. Over 300 alligators reside within the park, including some baby alligators and the king of the park at over 13 feet.
Brazos Bend State Park puts a big emphasis on nature and education and has a number of events, workshops, and programs for visitors to enjoy.
The staff, including the volunteers/work campers, that we met were fantastic. Very friendly and helpful, knowledgeable about and proud of their park. This park stays very busy, so you'll need to make reservations for weekend stays well in advance.
We come to this outstanding park to enjoy everything that makes camping so much fun - campground meals, marshmellows and stories around the firepit, games, biking and hiking, and enjoying nature and the outdoors.
After a hearty breakfast or BBQ grilled lunch, we mount the bikes or grab the hiking sticks and set off on some of the trails to enjoy nature and hopefully spot a few alligators. And each day we can take a different trail or section of the trail and still not ride or walk them all in a weekend.
And sometime before turning in on Saturday, we'll bike over to the Observatory to stargaze. And a visitor to the Nature Center is a must.
Brazos Bend State Park also has a number of planned events and activities like weekend nature programs, hay rides, somoores, blue grass bands, guided hikes, hunts, workshops, and more throughout the year. Check out their events calendar.
We love golf and we played a couple fantastic courses the last time we visited Brazos Bend State Park. See the links below.
Brazos Bend State Park is one of those parks where you come here to enjoy nature, park the car or camper, and never leave until it's time to head home. There is enough to do in the park to keep you busy for a weekend or longer.
If you do feel the need to leave, here are some options that are within an hours drive:
Houston has everything from attractions to zoos - check out our Guide to Houston
you'll find some fantastic golf courses - check out this golf map to find some near the park
Brazonia National Wildlife Refuge and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge are nearby
visit Sea Center Texas which has a 50,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico aquarium, a hatchery, and a touch pool
Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico beaches are close by