Brazos Bend State Park, approximately 28 miles south of Houston, covers 4897 acres, with an eastern boundary of 3.2 miles fronting on the Brazos River on the outheast border of Fort Bend County.
The park has a 21.6-mile hike/bike trail, with 7.2 of those miles for bikes. The trails run throughout the park and give access to much of the area's flora and fauna.
Most of the park is in the Brazos River floodplains, but there are also areas of flat upland coastal prairies. Numerous swales and depressions become
freshwater marshes during periods of heavy rain. In addition to the Brazos River, Big Creek meanders diagonally across the park and is associated with sloughs and cutoff meanders called oxbow lakes. Other lakes have been created by levees. The creek and riverbanks are lined with sycamore, cottonwood, and black willow. Campsites and picnicking areas are located among huge, moss-draped live oaks; while trails run along the lakes and through bottomland hardwood forests.
Nature lovers, birders, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts will delight in an observation tower and platforms for wildlife observation/photography of more than 270 species of birds sighted; 21 species of reptiles and amphibians, including American alligator and 23 species of mammals including bobcat, white-tailed deer, raccoon, gray fox, and feral hog.
Directions: From Richmond, TX, Travel approximately 20 miles southeast of Richmond on FM 762, or travel south from Houston on State Highway 288 to Rosharon, then west on FM 1462
Distance: 21.6 miles
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