At only 45 miles from Houston’s downtown, Brazos Bend State Park is a wild and beautiful park to camp or spend the day. The park offers opportunities to hike, bike, fish, picnic, geocache, ride your horse, and more. To enter, persons over the age of thirteen must pay $7, but those twelve and under are free. Admission is also free if you have a Texas State Parks pass.
The park includes 37 miles of trails that may be hiked or cycled. Some parts are even wheelchair accessible. Thirteen miles of trail are multi-use and are open to horseback riding. If you bring your horse, you must bring proof of negative Coggins, a test that detects equine infectious anemia.
Overnight guests may choose from a campsite, screened shelters, or cabin. The costs per night vary depending on the type of site—from primitive equestrian sites if you have your horse to fully-equipped RV sites with water and electrical hookups. Brazos Bend State Park has suffered damage from the recent hurricanes. See the park’s website for detailed information about which loops are currently closed and when to expect them to be open again.
Just like other state parks in Texas, Brazos Bend State Park does not allow pets inside any buildings. And for your pet’s safety and for the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, you should always bring enough water for yourself and your pet. In the park, be especially wary of alligators, which may be common in some parts of the park, as well as other trail hazards. Do not allow your dog to drink from or enter the lakes.
It’s always a good idea to come prepared with your own waste bags as they aren’t always available. And always be sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted signs and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others. If you’re near the Houston area and looking to get away for the day or several, look no further than Brazos Bend State Park, a beautiful and scenic place to bring your family, dog, or horse.