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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.
Creekfield Lake Trail
The Creekfield Lake Trail is an 0.7-mile loop around a small lake with plenty of opportunities to view birds and alligators. When I went on this hike there was a 10-foot alligator just off to the side of the walkway. There are interpretive signs along the trail to make this one of the trails many people take that don’t want to want to walk a long way or as an introductory trail to the park. This trail also has a boardwalk that allows you to walk out over the lake for a closer view of the plants that grow along the side of the lake. The trailhead is located near the nature center that also has a lot of information about the wildlife in the park. This is the ideal trail to start off with if you want to hike the Hale Lake Trail also.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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