Check ya later, Alligator!
Texas and Louisiana are two states that are known for having plenty of alligators, and in this park you can see some of these creatures in motion. With over 16 miles of hiking trails, this park allows visitors to easily find many different species of birds, alligators of all ages and sizes and several hiking options ranging from 0.3 mile trails to the 3.7 mile trail. Another great feature in this park is the observatory, which is the perfect place to watch for meteor showers, planets aligning and even possibly discover something new.
When traveling to Brazos Bend State Park, one will find that this park is located in the middle of nowhere. From downtown Houston, take Highway 288 south to FM 1462 West, and then turn onto FM 762 North. This is the simplest way to go, but by mapping the address, one could easily navigate from anywhere. While traveling to the location, make sure to watch for wildlife crossing the road! The most popular time of year for this park is summer time, but it is a great place to visit any time of the year.
When visiting Brazos Bend State Park, one will find that there are several sleeping options. While cabins are not part of any package, visitors are more than welcome to reserve one of the many screened stations, primitive campsites or RV hook-up sites. The price ranges from $12 per night to $20 per night, depending upon which locale is chosen.
Pets and Leashes
One of the best features of this park is that pets are allowed. Being that there are alligators everywhere, all pets must remain on a leash that is no more than 6 ft. in length. While most of the wildlife is friendly, a stray pet may gain the attention of a wild animal, and that could end badly. The best thing to do is read all of the park information before visiting and adhere to the rules.
Hiking and Mountain Biking
As mentioned already, hiking makes up a large part of this park’s attraction. Mountain bikers are welcome, but watch for signs and check with the attendant to ensure that the trail allows mountain bikers. Some of the trails are not fit for anything with wheels, and the park staff and brochures are a great way to ensure that all travelers are prepared for all obstacles.
Know Before You Go
A few words of advice include that visitors bring bug spray, watch for snakes, watch for signs and always take water. Visitors will see “no swimming” signs posted throughout the park, and it is imperative that the rule is followed. There are wild alligators roaming throughout, and they may make a meal of any unwelcomed guests in their territory. It is recommended that each person takes at least two bottles of water in the summer months because guests can easily get over-heated. If there is a trail that has been temporarily closed, it is generally because there are alligators crossing (or sunning on) it.