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Big Creek Loop, TX

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Distance Lasso-Loop 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 83 feet
Elevation Gain 14 feet
Accumulated Gain 45 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.35
Interest Perennial Creek
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39  2020-10-31
Brazos Bend Trails West
markthurman53
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 128
Routes 635
Photos 7,630
Trips 518 map ( 4,801 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:00am - 6:47pm
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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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2020-12-06 markthurman53
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Fees are typically $4-$7 per person. Check the texas.gov site for park hours and current fees.


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To hike
The park is approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Houston. Take Highway 59 South to the Crabb River Road exit. You may also take State Highway 288 south to FM 1462 West. Follow FM 1462 to FM 762 North. If traveling from south of the park, follow State Highway 288 North to the FM 1462 exit or take State Highway 36 to FM 1462 East. All routes are marked with brown signs to guide you.
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