Destination :: Brazos Bend State Park

  • Brazos Bend: The head and part of the body of an alligator is visible in the grass and weeds. The camera is focused tightly on one eye of the alligator.

    Alligator. March 2017. Image 1/11

  • Brazos Bend State Park: A juvenile alligator swims through lake plants and algae.

    Juvenile Alligator. April 2018. Image 2/11

  • Brazos Bend State Park: An alligator floats at the edge of a lake, facing the camera straight on.

    Alligator. April 2018. Image 3/11

  • Brazos Bend: A view along a trail covered in white gravel and bordered by trees draped in Spanish moss. A woman and her dog are just visible in the distance.

    Spillway Trail. April 2018. Image 4/11

  • Brazos Bend: In early evening light, a dirt path curves up and to the right, with a wooden bench on the left. Leafless trees with moss-covered branches are spaced along the path.

    Bench at Sunset. March 2017. Image 5/11

  • Brazos Bend State Park: A green frog sits on a small log in a lake.

    Frog. April 2018. Image 6/11

  • Brazos Bend State Park: A yellow-crowned night heron stands in a marsh.

    Yellow-crowned Night Heron. May 2018. Image 7/11

  • Brazos Bend State Park: A snowy egret walks down a concrete slope towards water.

    Snowy Egret. April 2018. Image 8/11

  • Brazos Bend: A squirrel perches on a tree root. A lake with a few water lilies is visible in the background.

    Squirrel. May 2017. Image 9/11

  • Brazos Bend: A close up image of a dragon fly perched on a stalk of grass.

    Dragonfly. May 2017. Image 10/11

  • Brazos Bend: A black butterfly rests on a white flower; green grass is visible in the out-of-focus background.

    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.

Brief History

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.
1800s-1976
The land is variously used for farming, cattle grazing, hunting, fishing, and potentially as a riverboat landing.
1976-77
The state purchases a former hunting ranch along the Brazos River.
April 1984
Brazos Bend State Park opens.

Location

21901 FM 762 Rd
Needville, Texas, 77461
United States

Website

Evaluation

Unforgettable

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?

Visits: 10 Most recent: May 2018

Quick Statistics

Size
Approximately 5,000 acres
Trails
37 miles2

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise noted, information about the park and park history is from "History," TPWD.
  2. Brazos Bend Trails Map, TPWD.

References

  • Brazos Bend Trails Map. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 11, 2017. Link.
  • "History." Brazos Bend State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessed October 11, 2017. Link.