I had never been to Brazos Bend State Park and have been thinking about going camping there so I decided to go on a short “scouting” day trip.  So, off I went.  It’s a short drive from Houston and I really did not know what to expect.

I had looked up the park map and decided that I wanted to hike the 40 Acre Lake trail as well as the Elm Lake Loop trail.  Aside from that, I knew nothing else and had not planned any other activities.

Brazos Bend State ParkUpon arriving the first stop was at the “store” for a bit of orientation.  From there, I drove over to the parking lot by 40 Acre Lake and got on the trail.  I must say that the trail was quite easy – it is very well marked and all crushed stone.  Most of the trail is in the shade and as you go around the lake you get to an observation tower from where you get some pretty good views of the surrounding area.

Brazos Bend State Park

This is also where the “link” from one trail to the other is located – so I continued on.  There is plenty of wild life to be observed, including ducks, turtles, many different types of birds, and alligators.  Yes, plenty of those and very close to the trails.

Brazos Bend State Park

After the hike, it was time to check out the camping facilities for possible future use.  I was pleasantly surprised – the sites and the facilities are very nice and would do just fine.

So…yes, I’m sure there’ll be a post in the future about my camping experience there!