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Brazos Bend State Park, Needville

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INFORMATION PLUS HOURS OF OPERATION FOR HEADQUARTERS, NATURE CENTER AND GEORGE OBSERVATORY

Brazos Bend is one of the last remaining wild places open to the public in the greater Houston area. The park is approximately 5,000 acres of prairie, wetland and bottomland forest located in SE Fort Bend County along the west bank of the Brazos River.

There are approximately 37 miles of trails. Most trails are open to walking and cycling. We do not provide bicycles. Although we have equestrian trails we do not provide horses. Rainy weather floods the river bottoms causing trail closings. Please call ahead for trail conditions. 979-553-5101-0

We are an extremely popular park. Camping reservations need to be made months in advance. We are the busiest in the spring and fall months and on mild winter days. Visitors during those times should expect to wait in line to enter the park.

We are famous for our wild alligator population. Please adhere to all posted and printed safety information. Alligators are best viewed in mild weather. They don't like to it too hot or too cold.

HOURS OF OPERATION

HEADQUARTERS - PERMITS - GIFT SHOP

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

Sunday

Daylight Saving Time 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Winter months 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

PARK HOURS

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Entrance permit required at all times.

Use self-pay station at Headquarters Building.

Pass Holders will need to use self-pay and record pass number. No fee.

Gates close at 10:00 pm

(Fall and Winter Public Deer Hunts will keep the park closed on some weekdays but not on weekends.)

NATURE CENTER - GIFT SHOP

Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Major Holiday, Spring Break and Thanksgiving Weeks may have extended hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Days

GEORGE OBSERVATORY & GIFT SHOP / HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Saturday is public day

3:00 - 10:00 pm

Tickets for large scopes on sale at the Observatory at 3:00. Exhibit Hall and amateur scope viewing are free.

Weekdays by group reservation only.

Open for special celestial events.
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  • Lots of wildlife to see here. We went for to take pictures and got so many. All kinds of birds, especially ducks, egrets and ibis. Also a lot of alligators. There are paved trails wide enough for... 
    Lots of wildlife to see here. We went for to take pictures and got so many. All kinds of birds, especially ducks, egrets and ibis. Also a lot of alligators. There are paved trails wide enough for...  more »
  • This is an outstanding park including almost 22 miles of hiking trails spanning various ecosystems. Trails are well marked, which supplements the printed maps provided at the park. Wildlife viewing....  more
    This is an outstanding park including almost 22 miles of hiking trails spanning various ecosystems. Trails are well marked, which supplements the printed maps provided at the park. Wildlife viewing....  more »
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  • Took our four kids here and had a blast! The nature center is amazing for young kids. Our kiddos really enjoyed petting a baby alligator. The park is out of the pages of the land before time. Staff is super friendly and informative. Campgrounds are very convenient. We saw seven alligators along with a large variety of birds and plant life. Fun way to spend a weekend.
  • Brazos Bend State Park was an awesome state park to visit southwest of Houston. Great trails with my favorite being Elm Lake Trail around the lake as this is where I saw a large alligator basking in the afternoon sun, right by the trail!! Apparently he was on the trail prior! Tons of wildlife seen here from the variety of birds, alligators (spotted 4 of em), opossum, bunnies, and a Great Horned Owl whose 2 chicks just hatched at the front of the park. I’d highly recommend visiting; it is highly rated as you can see. I camped here and the showers and bathrooms are well kept. It’s a great state park!

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