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Brazos Bend State Park, Needville

#23 of 235 in Nature in Texas

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.



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

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


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

Winter months 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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.)


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


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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  • Beautiful State Park. Lots of trails for hiking and biking. If theeather wasn’t so cold we would have stayed longer. Laundry facilities and a warm, clean, spa-like bathroom. Plus we found out no fishi...  more »
  • One thing that is lacking in Texas is the mountains. It is almost impossible to go hiking in Houston unless you travel far. A day of hiking is not possible. Having said that, Brazos Band is a pleasant...  more »
  • Fantastic place for hiking, picnics, camping, birding, and more. The nature center is a fun place for tourists and kids. Lots of clean bathrooms located around the park. Many different kinds of trails that take you through wooded areas and around breathtakingly beautiful ponds and lakes. Wildlife everywhere, including close encounters with alligators and birds. Very hot in the summer, but shaded areas are great for family picnics. Bring lots of bug spray because of the ponds. Extremely photogenic and peaceful park.
  • Large, well maintained state park with miles of flat gravel hiking trails and several lakes. Good place for bike riding and for seeing alligators and lots of ducks and birds. - (If ducks are considered birds, which they probably are, please do not write to tell me as I do not consider this to be critical information - so just try to exert the effort to control yourself) Numerous picnic benches and benches to rest on as you hike. There is a gift shop and pets and children are allowed but warnings to be careful are plentiful due to the alligators. If you value your pet and/or child, I'd suggest you keep one or both on a leash. There are public restrooms but there are no places to purchase food. The water fountains but only in the parking areas. There are several sections for overnight camping and places to plug in RVs. Chances are the alligators won't get you, but the mosquitoes probably will. Lots of pretty trees just dripping with hanging vegetation and lots of squirrels. Much to the disappointment of the alligators who (would probably enjoy a see food diet), being in the minority party, do not write the rules, you may not swim, boat or walk on the water. No T-Rex sightings have been reported for at least the last several months. Please note; however, that since a T-Rex can move faster then a frightened tourist, this fact may be self-explanatory.

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