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what the heck is a slough
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.
Pilant Slough Trail
I have no idea what a slough is but I assume it is a creek. Pilant Slough drains Elm Lake and Pilant Lake. This is a dirt trail that starts at the amphitheater at the Nature Center and ends at the lower end of Elm Lake. This trail is along the Bottomland Forest and is not a good trail to observe the various wetland birds. Deer and other mammals could be found along this trail, although when I went there were none. The hardwood trees along this trail are impressive, white Oak and Live Oak along with Pecan. This is a good return route for a larger loop hike starting at 40 Acre Lake and linking the Horseshoe Lake, Big Creek, and Elm Lake trails.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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