Alligator. March 2017. Image 1/11
Juvenile Alligator. April 2018. Image 2/11
Alligator. April 2018. Image 3/11
Spillway Trail. April 2018. Image 4/11
Bench at Sunset. March 2017. Image 5/11
Frog. April 2018. Image 6/11
Yellow-crowned Night Heron. May 2018. Image 7/11
Snowy Egret. April 2018. Image 8/11
Squirrel. May 2017. Image 9/11
Dragonfly. May 2017. Image 10/11
Butterfly. May 2017. Image 11/11
Alligators. It’s all about the alligators. Sure, there are 37 miles of trails, some of which aren’t even by water, an observatory, and… some other things… but most people know this Texas park for its alligators.
- 300 BC
- Earliest likely date for prehistoric human use of the area.1
- Early History
- The Capoque band of the Karankawa Indians may have reached the Brazos Bend area "in early historical times."
- Early 1800s
- The Brazos Bend area is part of Mexico's first colonial land grant to Stephen F. Austin.
- The land is variously used for farming, cattle grazing, hunting, fishing, and potentially as a riverboat landing.
- The state purchases a former hunting ranch along the Brazos River.
- April 1984
- Brazos Bend State Park opens.
21901 FM 762 Rd
Needville, Texas, 77461
One of my favorite parks. Although it is popular (campsites book months in advance) and it can be busy (especially paths around the lakes where the alligators are most concentrated), it’s never felt overcrowded to me. And did I mention there are alligators?
- Approximately 5,000 acres
- 37 miles2