Brazos Bend (Texas) State Park, great family camping, bicycling, birding, gator watching



Brazos Bend State Park is an outstanding family ‘destination’ park within easy reach of downtown Houston, Texas. We stayed here for 12 days recently and commuted (about an hour) into the city to visit relatives.

+BrazosBendTx_2-alligator-JulianneGCraneOn the days we did not go into Houston, we explored many of the 35 miles of multi-use trails by bicycle. Trails were marked with signs reading: “Alligator Caution – Keep dogs on trail.”

Selected as one of America’s top state parks, by National Geographic Traveler magazine, this public park sits at an ecological crossroads. “Watch the many kinds of birds (more than 300 species) that feed in the park’s lush wetlands. Observe the interrelations of nature and listen to sounds of the marsh, prairie and woodlands as they reveal many species of wildlife.” — Brazos Bend Trails Map

+BrazosBendTx_Camping-site_JulianneGCraneIf you go:

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 553-5101

Latitude: 29.371000
Longitude: -95.631921

Fees: Campsites with electricity and water: $20/night (plus daily entrance fee: $7/adult) For information on other types of camp sites, click here.

Note: We purchased a Texas State Park Pass ($70/one year) that waived our daily entrance fees of $168 (12 days x $14 day fees for 2 adults). Paid for itself in 5 days.

To read about more activities in the park, click on: “Brazos Bend State Park = amazing family RV Short Stop”

– Julianne G. Crane

Photos (click on images to enlarge):  (Top) Jimmy Smith bicycling the Elm Lake Loop (1.7 miles), a popular walking, bicycling trail. (Middle) Two resident American Alligators basking in the sun at Elm Lake. (Bottom) Campsite #210 (Julianne G. Crane).

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