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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.
River View Trail
The River View Trail follows along the Brazos River starting in the south at the junctions of the Bluestem Trail and Franky’s Dam Trail with its northern terminus at the northern boundary of the park at the junction of the Sawmill Trail and Yellowstone Landing Trail. This trail follows the river but the only views of the river are at the very beginning of the trail and at the very end. At the start of the trail near the southern end is a small meadow with probably the most picturesque live oak in the park, it is so large that it is hard to get the whole tree in a photo. In this same area is a great view of the Brazos River. The River View Trail continues north through a not so impressive woods until you reach the northern end where the Yellowstone Landing and the Sawmill Trail begin. The Yellowstone Landing Trail is a short 0.3-mile trail down to the Brazos River. This short excursion is worth the time to check out. The clear running water (at least when I was there) is quite a bit different from the murky water in the swamps and marshes. Along the river’s sandy banks is a great place to take a snack break. This trail along with the Sawmill Trail and Bayou Trail makes a good loop hike.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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