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Brazos Bend State Park

  • See an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife.
  • Kids of all ages will enjoy the scenery and wildlife here.
  • Ride your bike on trails under trees draped with Spanish moss.
  • Make family memories on a visit to this special park.
  • Bring your binoculars and count the bird species you see.
  • Get up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise.
  • See the stars at the George Observatory, located in the 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 group 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.
  • 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. Weather conditions can lead to trail closures; call the park for trail updates before your visit.

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.

Stay overnight at a campsite, screened shelter, or cabin. Bring your nonprofit youth group for a campout.

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. Hours vary for the nature center and gift shop due to staffing. Contact the park to arrange a group visit.

George Observatory

The George Observatory will reopen to the public on Friday, March 19, 2021. The observatory is part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. A day use pass is required for entry into the park even if you have tickets for the observatory.

Due to social distancing requirements, tickets will be offered on a limited capacity basis. Observatory Tickets are not available for onsite, you must purchase admission tickets online in advance from the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For additional information, visit the observatory website or call (979) 553-3400 or (281) 242-3055.

Your ticket to this event is a timed entry admission, and a paper or electronic receipt is required for entry. In the event of overcast skies, tours and talks by our experts are still available. 

Shop for gifts at the headquarters gift shop, the Nature Center and the George Observatory.

Volunteer! We need your help. 

Donate to the Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization.

Ranger Programs

We offer nature programs and hikes year round.

  • Events
  • Programs and tours
  • Call the park to schedule a program for your group.
  • Ask about the self-guided Junior Naturalist Program. Kids can earn a patch!

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Area Attractions

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). 

21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461

Latitude: 29.371000

Longitude: -95.631921

(979) 553-5101

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • 13 Years and Older: $7 Per Person
  • 12 Years and Under: Free
  • Texas State Parks Pass Holder: Free

Open daily.
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Check for scheduled park closures.


We often reach capacity; reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.


January average low is 41 degrees. July average high is 94 degrees. Average rainfall is 43.9 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

104 feet

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