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Magnificent Oak Trees
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 park's eastside. 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.
White Oak Trail
The White Oak Trail is a 1.2-mile loop trail in the Southeast portion of the park. This trail passes through a hardwood forest and like the other trails in the park's southeast section, the best place to see magnificent White and live oak. There are no swamps or marshes along this trail so birds and alligators would not be the norm but deer, possums, wild boars, and even armadillos may be seen. A short section of this trail passes along the Brazos River with some nice views looking down on the river. The White Oak Trail is a good connecting trails that lead to Franky’s Dam Trail and the River View Trail that also follow along the river. The trailhead is along the park road near Hale Lake Camp Ground. I was on this trail near sunset and I would say that is an excellent time to go, the oak trees with the Spanish moss is quite impressive at sunset. This is one of my favorite Southeast section of the park trails. The White Oak Spur trail can be added to this trail to make a loop hike.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.