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Brazos Bend


brochure Brazos Bend - Trails

Trails Map of Brazos Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

50' 62' 50' ' 50 Brazos Bend Trails Map 51' 49' ' 25 Sawmill Rd 50' 50' 50 ' 50' ' 50 17' 17' 49' 1.79 50' ' 50 50' 0.0 1 .6 ' Sawmill Trail 1.8 mi. 50' 0.31 ' 25 River View Trail 1.8 mi. Bayou Trail 1.4 mi. 1. 15 50' ve r Ri os az Br .23 Parking Restroom e ak le L Primitive Toilet White Oak Trail 1.7 mi. Equestrian Camping ' .64 .17 .21 54' Big Creek .24 Red Buckeye Trail 1.4 mi. 25' .21 No claims are made as to the accuracy of the data nor to its suitability for a particular use. 50' .28 All trails are hiking and biking unless 50' otherwise indicated. Contour intervals 25 feet. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this .16 Observatory Trail 0.03 mi. (Hiking Only) .5 .21 Ha publication is available at the Texas State Publications ' 50 ' 50 SCALE IN MILES 0.5 0 Headquarters Franky's Dam Trail 0.5 mi. .05 Cree 5 .41 Yellowstone Landing Trail 0.3 mi. LEGEND .26 .24 Hale Lake Loop 1.9 mi. Creekfield Lake Woodland Trail 0.6 mi. 3 .1 7 Prairie Trail 1.3 mi. .56 6 .4 Pilant Slough Trail 1.2 mi. Live Oak Trail 1.7 mi. 55 40 Acre Lake Trail 1.2 mi. 50 ' 4 1. ' .25 67' 65' 6 .4 .24 ' 50' .36 Elm Lake Spillway Trail 0.6 mi. .72 Big Creek Bridge Trail Hale Lake Woodland 0.5 mi. Trail .66 0.4 mi. .28 ' FM 762 1 .33 2 40 Acre Lake .44 50 ' .34 .12 72 ' .69 Park Entrance .46 .35 .12 50' .11 68' ' Creekfield Lake ADA Trail 0.5 mi. (Hiking Only) .53 Campsites with Water & Electricity Overflow Campsites Wildlife Viewing 49' Fishing Pier Interpretive Center Group Building Picnic Sites Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. Playground © 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4504-0110Z (7/18) Amphitheater Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and 1 Wildlife Department. 67' POINTS OF INTEREST 57' 3 YELLOWSTONE LANDING 29° 23' 44.27"N 95° 32' 49.76"W The steamer "Yellowstone" passed this point many 56' times during the Texas Revolution and Republic era. Today it's a great fishing location. 6 THE CISTERN AT THE NATURE CENTER 29° 22' 35.11"N 95° 35' 48.74"W A clue that a house once stood here, this underground water storage and collection tank provided water during the 1800s, before modern utilities existed. 7 PRAIRIE PLATFORM ON PRAIRIE TRAIL 29° 22' 4.35"N 95° 37' 45.37"W This platform provides excellent views of restored coastal prairie, a remnant of an ecosystem that once covered millions of acres of prehistoric Texas. (GPS 68' coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 1 ELM LAKE WILDLIFE VIEWING PLATFORM 29° 22' 37.23"N 95° 36' 20.60"W This well-equipped deck provides spectacular panoramic views of the many wildlife species that live in Elm Lake. 4 CREEKFIELD LAKE ADA INTERPRETIVE TRAIL 29° 22' 31.71"N 95° 35' 46.48"W A microcosm of the entire park, this paved route includes interpretive sign panels and makes wildlife accessible for all. 2 OBSERVATION TOWER AT 40 ACRE LAKE 29° 22' 25.89"N 95° 37' 22.49"W Ascend this tower for memorable views of the sunsets, sunrises, marshes, lakes and 59' hardwood wetlands that set Brazos Bend apart. 5 OBSERVATORY 29° 22' 30.19"N 95° 35' 36.87"W Journey to the stars at this astronomical observatory operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 50' R 102 Bluestem Trail 1.0 mi. ' .14 .53 Elm Lake Loop 1.7 mi. Hoot's Hollow Trail 0.5 mi. New Horseshoe Lake Lake Horseshoe Lake Old Loop Horseshoe 1.3 mi. Lake Pilant Lake ' .61 kfield ' 50 64' 50' 0.5 .79 Campground Trail 0.3 mi. ' 25 3 50' American Alligator ' 50 25' 7 1.7 Big Creek Loop 1.7 mi. 65' 4 21901 F.M. 762 Needville, TX 77461 (979) 553-5101 50 ' FM 1462 TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 48' 50' 50' 25 Brazos Bend Trails Map Explore the ecological crossroads of Brazos Bend. FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. TRAIL DISTANCE TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION BIG CREEK LOOP 1.7 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This primitive trail takes visitors on a hike along the creek and to the park’s Loop Trail north boundary. ELM LAKE LOOP 1.7 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This very popular route gives you some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere. RED BUCKEYE TRAIL 1.4 mi. 90 min. Moderate For visitors looking to get away from the crowds and take a walk in the woods, this trail offers miles of tranquility and wild discovery. PILANT SLOUGH TRAIL 1.2 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This trail starts near the amphitheater at the nature center and follows Pilant Slough as it meanders through the bottomland forest. STAYING SAFE 40 ACRE LAKE TRAIL 1.2 mi. 1 hr. Moderate An excellent way to view the American alligator, this hike allows you to experience several different aquatic habitats. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. PRAIRIE TRAIL 1.3 mi. 1 hr. Moderate This short trail takes visitors to an elevated observation platform overlooking a coastal tall grass prairie and boardwalk over a small temporary pond. LIVE OAK TRAIL 1.7 mi. 90 min. Moderate Be one of the first to hike this new route along the park’s southern boundary. CREEKFIELD LAKE ADA TRAIL 0.5 mi. 90 min. Easy This short, accessible trail makes it easy for you to see many different kinds of wildlife and features interpretive signs along the way. We invite you to enjoy, appreciate and learn from the trail system at Brazos Bend State Park. Watch the many kinds of birds that feed in the park’s lush wetlands. Observe the interrelations of nature and listen to sounds of the marsh, prairie and woodlands as they reveal many species of wildlife. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. ALLIGATORS LIVE IN THIS PARK. Stay at least 30 feet away. Stay out of the water! Never annoy or attempt to feed! TRAIL ETIQUETTE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails. Trash your trash. Keep your park looking natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts. Keep pets on leashes no more than six feet in length to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife. Black-bellied Whistling Duck For information on Texas State Parks, visit We need to know about your caches. 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