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Brazos Bend State Park
Brazos Bend State Park is just southwest of the Houston Metro region with over 5000 acres of Bottomland and Upland Coastal Prairie. The wetlands and forests are home to birds, deer, wild boar, and alligators. There are over 300 species of birds, 21 species of reptiles, and 23 species of mammals. The various species of oak and pecan trees make up some of the largest trees in the forested areas. This park has some impressive large oak trees. Brazos Bend Park has accommodations for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and camping. The main watercourse in the park is Big Creek with its many side creeks and lakes that eventually drain into the Brazos River on the East side of the park. There are over a dozen trails most of which are in the 1 to 2-mile range and easily connected to make longer day hikes. This is a great place to view the many species of birds and unexpected encounters with alligators. See park literature for more details.
Big Creek Loop
The Big Creek Loop is a 2.2-mile trail that follows along Big Creek. Big Creek is the main creek in the Park and it winds through the park eventually emptying into the Brazos River on the east side boundary of the park. Access to this trail is from the Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail near Elm Lake. This trail passes through Hardwood forest alongside Big Creek. Occasionally you can see Big Creek through the woods to the east of the trail. This trail heads to the northern boundary of the park before looping back on itself and the Horseshoe Lake Trail. There is not a lot of wildlife along this trail but if you are lucky you might see deer, wild boars, or some of the other mammals that reside in the park. Large oak trees along this trail are impressive but not the best trail to see. Being from the southwest I found the woods different from what I’m used to so it was interesting.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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