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Nature lovers can’t say enough good things about Brazos Bend State Park in southeast Texas, located roughly an hour southwest of Houston. This nearly 5,000-acre park is situated on the Brazos River and contains multiple ecosystems. Bring your cameras and binoculars and keep a tally of how many different animals you see on your Brazos Bend adventure.

Brazos Bend State Park has a diverse history, all of which is on display in the unique exhibits throughout the park. First settled by natives, the land was later used for cultivating cotton and pecans, cattle grazing, and hunting. The state of Texas acquired the property in the late 1970s, and it became a state park shortly after, with the main focus being wildlife conservation. The park's most famous resident is the American alligator.

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Getting Outdoors

Water covers nearly a quarter of the park’s acreage, but swimming is prohibited due to the park’s large alligator population. Alligator sightings are common here, but they’re nothing to worry about – in fact, the gators are one of the park’s main attractions, and rangers host an excellent educational program about them.

Brazos Bend State Park contains 37 miles of well-maintained dirt trails and elevated boardwalks, used by a mix of hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. These pristine trails provide a wealth of educational information via interpretive displays, and many are wheelchair-accessible.

Fishing is another favorite activity in Brazos Bend State Park. The park’s fishing piers provide easy access to four lakes which are stocked with bass and catfish. If fishing isn’t your thing, there's always wildlife viewing and bird watching. You can participate in multiple guided tours to learn more about the 300 species that inhabit the park, including river otter, bobcat, eagle, osprey, and heron. The nature center also has expansive displays about the park’s various ecosystems.

The adventure doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down, or be limited to Earth – Brazos Bend State Park is also home to the George Observatory. The three telescopes here are part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Camping at Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park’s RV campground offers more than 70 sites in two separate loops. The RV campsites are located in a wooded area with adequate spacing and privacy. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 65 feet long, though most sites are suitable for vehicles between 40 and 50 feet long. Don’t have your own rig? Check out RV rentals in Harris County.

All sites have at least water and 30-amp electrical hookups, while approximately half of the sites are equipped with 50-amp service. Select sites are accessible for guests with disabilities. Campground amenities include hot showers, laundry facilities, a dump station, and a small store with a selection of groceries and fishing supplies. Pets are invited into the campground so long as they remain on a leash.

RV camping at Brazos Bend State Park is available year-round, but be sure to check the park’s operating schedule when planning your trip. The park closes periodically for scheduled hunts and due to flooding and extreme weather events.

Exploring the Area

Camping at Brazos Bend State Park puts you in the ideal position to explore the area. Nearby Houston is home to world-class museums, a famous Mardi Gras celebration, and numerous art festivals throughout the year. You'll never tire of the food options, with the broad spread of fresh seafood, Tex-Mex, and of course, Texas barbecue. Must-see attractions include the Houston Space Center, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Houston Zoo.

You don't have to go into Houston to find great attractions near Brazos Bend. You'll discover Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site just 30 minutes south of the park, in Columbia. These sprawling, beautiful grounds were once the home of Texas governor James Hogg. The plantation produced oil, sugar, and rum throughout the centuries, and you can learn all about it in living exhibits.

Continue another half-hour south to arrive at Sea Center Texas. This interactive aquarium is popular with both children and adults. You can take guided or self-guided tours of various coastal Texas marine exhibits and an expansive fish hatchery.

The location of Brazos Bend State Park makes it convenient for exploring southeast Texas and its numerous motorhome camping options. Top off the fuel in your rental RV at any of the numerous gas stations within a few miles of the park and choose your adventure. Drive just over an hour south to discover Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston, and the barrier islands. Or, if you decide to drive the other direction, you'll shortly arrive in either historic San Antonio or multicultural Austin.

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