Brazos Bend State Park
Nature Lover’s Paradise
Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston!
Things to Do
Nature has top billing at this park. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, binoculars and camera.
Besides marveling at nature, you can also hike and bike, fish, picnic, geocache, ride your horse, and stay overnight. Reserve one of our picnic pavilions or our dining hall for your next group gathering.
Pay due respect to alligators, which are common in some areas of the park. Read our alligator safety tips before you come.
Explore on foot, bike, or horseback. We have 37 miles of trails, some of which are wheelchair-friendly. Take virtual tour on our Interactive Trails Map.
- Creekfield Lake Nature Trail: This fully paved .5-mile trail tours a wetland area. You’ll find exhibits with touchable bronzes of wildlife, an accessible boardwalk and observation deck, and rest areas with shaded benches. Ask about the self-guided tour guide and scavenger hunt.
- Hike and bike trails: Trails circle lakes, connecting with each other and heading into the hardwood forest. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet, and must not drink from or enter the lakes. Read about alligator safety on park maps and on signs in the park.
- Horseback riding: We have 13 miles of multiuse trails, and primitive equestrian campsites at the trailhead. You must bring your own horse and show proof of negative Coggins.
Fish from shore at one of our lakes or fishing piers. You do not need a license to fish from shore or pier in a state park. Download our Fishing Tip Sheet for more information.
Nature Center: Stop by to learn more about the park and its residents. See exhibits on the three ecosystems in the park, as well as on reptiles that live here. The center and gift shop are open weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the park to arrange a group visit during the week.
George Observatory is open on Saturdays from 3 to 10 p.m. The observatory is part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For information on programs or passes, visit the observatory website or call (979) 553-3400 or (281) 242-3055.
Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Nature Center and the George Observatory.
Volunteer! We need your help.
- Learn more on the Volunteer page.
- Join the Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization. Help with park maintenance, programs and the Nature Center. We offer trainings in February and September.
- Contact the park to volunteer as a park host.
We offer nature programs and hikes year round.
Houston has museums, restaurants and more.
Explore other history and nature sites nearby:
Follow the Brazoria Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails to find the best wildlife viewing spots in the area.
Take to the water on the Stephen F. Austin Paddling Trail (scroll to the Gulf Coast section).