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Walk along the Brazos
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.
Franky’s Dam Trail
Franky’s Dam Trail in the Southeast part of the park starts along the White Oak trail at the south end and 0.7 miles later ends at the junction with the Bluestem and River View Trail. This trail has some impressive white and live oaks as do many of the other trails in the southeast section of the park. The trail follows along the Brazos River but views of the river are minimal unless you wander 100 yards to the east through the woods. There are a few makeshift trails that do just that. I don’t know where Franky’s Dam is but on the north end of the trail is a small meadow with a windmill on it. This trail along with the River View Trail, Sawmill Road Trail, and the Bayou Trail makes for a good loop hike. Access to this trail is from the road at Hale Lake using the White Oak Trail as a connector Trail.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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