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Oak and Spanish Moss
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.
The Bluestem Trail is a 1-mile dirt road that connects the Bayou Trail in the west to the River View and Franky’s Dam Trail in the east. This is a connector trail that allows for longer loop hikes. There are some large oak trees with Spanish moss in meadows that are quite picturesque. On the eastern end at the junction with the River View Trail is a meadow with a windmill with benches to sit and enjoy the scenery. White-tailed deer and wild boars can be seen along this trail. I saw a nice buck along this trail but the wild boars have alluded me. About 0.2 miles from the east end the White Oak trail spits off to the south. 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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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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