Texas Park Gem: Brazos Bend State Park

As we anxiously await the re-opening of one of our favorite parks near Houston, Brazos Bend State Park, past photos remind us of the combination of natural beauty and human accessibility which make this park easy to frequent.

The park will open its gates on Monday, May 16 after being closed nearly three weeks due to recent flooding of the Brazos River. Like last year and others before it, the river peaked at over 51 feet — 8 feet above flood stage. This may be the ‘new normal.’

It doesn’t matter what level of hiker you are, and there is something for everyone. With miles of trails around the lakes and prairies, through the wooded tracks and oak canopies, you’ll want to bring your whole family with water and a picnic lunch to maximize the time you spend at the park. The visitors centers are full of engaging information with eager volunteers to help connect children to their world.

Don’t forget to bring your bikes!

Keeping a Respectful Distance

Water Hyacinth
A Beautiful if not Invasive Aquatic Species

Crossing Paths

Wise Advice

Showy Spring Flowers

Reflective Pose

Great Egret

Great Egret

Water Lillies

American Lotus

Fall Color on the Prairie Grasses

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Field Mouse (Juv)

A Small, Non-scaly Resident

Herbertia Lahue
A Common Grassland Flower

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Moss-covered Canopy
A Favorite Woodland Bird Habitat

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Related Brazos Bend State Park Posts:

To see more photos of Brazos Bend State Park,
click any photo to be taken to SmugMug, or
click BBSP Birding or BBSP Nature.

12 thoughts on “Texas Park Gem: Brazos Bend State Park

    1. The egret and the ‘shy’ little blue are my favorites. The hyacinths are just starting to bloom, so the next time we go — provided the flood didn’t wreck things too much — ponds should be bathed in purple. Thanks for coming by, Myriam!

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    1. Thank you, Courtney. Are you in the Houston area? Since the 2011 drought, I promised I wouldn’t gripe about rain ever again, but I’ve had to check myself a few times the past weeks.

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    1. Thank you, fallcorn1936. I think the alligators are quite used to people, but occasionally one of the big ones — 10 feet or more — wind up right on the path. That’s the time to turn around and go back the other way. This guy was just crossing from one body of water to the other so we patiently gave him the time to do so!


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