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Sawmill Trail, TX

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Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 83 feet
Elevation Gain 14 feet
Accumulated Gain 35 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.02
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17  2020-11-01
Brazos Bend Northeast Trails
markthurman53
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 128
Routes 635
Photos 7,630
Trips 518 map ( 4,801 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:01am - 6:46pm
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by markthurman53

Likely In-Season!
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.

Sawmill Trail
The Sawmill Trail follows along the northern boundary of the park. This trail runs parallel to Sawmill Road which is just outside the park on the other side of the fence. This is not one of the more interesting trails in the park but it did serve the purpose of completing a loop hike. The trees along this trail are younger and the woods almost looked manicured as if this was once ranch land that then became part of the park and is just now recovering. The Sawmill Trail is a straight 1.9 miles with this forest to the south and the fence and dirt road to the north and ranch land beyond that. This trail is not without merit though; I took plenty of photos of the manicured forest with the grass forest floor because the lighting intrigued me. The Sawmill Road Trail ends where the trail heads southwest and becomes the Bayou Trail. Access to this trail is from the park road at the Hale Lake camping area and using either the Big Creek Bridge Trail or the White Oak Trail.

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2020-12-06 markthurman53
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Fees are typically $4-$7 per person. Check the texas.gov site for park hours and current fees.


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To hike
The park is approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Houston. Take Highway 59 South to the Crabb River Road exit. You may also take State Highway 288 south to FM 1462 West. Follow FM 1462 to FM 762 North. If traveling from south of the park, follow State Highway 288 North to the FM 1462 exit or take State Highway 36 to FM 1462 East. All routes are marked with brown signs to guide you.
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