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Trails

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Creekwood Lake

Creekwood Lake Trail - 3.2 mi.

Bike Trail

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Bluestem Trail - 1.4 mi.

Please Note:

· Park closes at 10 p.m. · Equestrian area opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sunset for day visitors. · Only registered equestrian campers are allowed in the equestrian area after sunset. · No drinking water is available in the equestrian area. · Water troughs for livestock are located at the equestrian parking area and on the Riverview Trail.

Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail - 1.2 mi. Big Creek Loop Trail 1.9 mi.

NO HORSES BEYOND THIS POINT

Equestrian Trail Hiking Trail Interpretive Trail Equestrian Primitive Campground and Day Use Area

Bluestem Trail / WhiteoakTrail

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Hoots Hollow Trail - .9 mi.

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Whiteoak Trail 1.8 mi.

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Bluestem Trail

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Canoe/Kayak Launch Access

S TAY I N G S A F E

· Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Take plenty of water, snacks and a first-aid kit. No water is available on the trails.

Elm Lake

Elm Lake Loop Trail 1.7 mi.

Creekfield Lake Trail 1.1 mi.

Creekfield Lake

Hale Lake Loop Trail 2 mi.

Big Creek

· Let others know your plans (anticipated activity and timeframe). Take a cell phone and trail map. If alone, leave details visible from your vehicle. · Keep pets on leashes to keep them and others safe, while protecting wildlife. · Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns or for other resource management practices. Check with park headquarters for current conditions and future trail closures. · Trails may have wet sections, thorny plants, tree roots, or low hanging limbs. These natural conditions may be challenging for strollers, wheelchairs and bicycles. · Potentially harmful wildlife and plants exist in the park.

Pilant Slough Trail - 1 mi.

Red Buckeye Trail - 1.5 mi.

Prairie Trail .3 mi.

Live Oak Trail - 1.7 mi.

· Helmets are advised when bicycling in the park.

www.texasstateparks.org · www.brazosbend.org

21901 F.M. 762 · Needville, TX 77461 · (979) 553-5101

In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries.

© 2011 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4504-110W (6/11)

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T R A I L I N F O R M AT I O N

Bayou, Sawmill, Riverview and Yellowstone Landing trails Big Creek Loop Trail Creekwood Lake Trail These multi-use trails (hiking, biking and equestrian), totaling 5 miles in length, take visitors to the far reaches of the park where they can experience a sense of solitude. The north (Sawmill Trail) and west (Bayou Trail) portions of this trail are sometimes closed due to wet trail conditions. The Yellowstone Landing Trail accesses a canoe launch point. This 2-mile-long primitive trail takes visitors on a hike along the creek and to the park's north boundary. This primitive trail is 3.2 miles one way (6.4 miles round-trip) and takes visitors on an extended hike, bike or horseback ride through the forest and on to the remote Creekwood Lake. This trail is sometimes closed due to wet trail conditions. This popular 2-mile long trail takes visitors around and into the "point" of an oxbow lake. This is an excellent choice for bird-watchers as well as anglers. A 1.5-mile foot trail leads through spectacular bottomland forest habitat and some of the largest live oak trees in the park. A 1.2-mile loop around an oxbow lake offers an enjoyable walk through the woods with a view of the two oxbow lakes. Be one of the first to hike this brand new 1.7-mile route along the park's southern boundary. A 1-mile long trail starts near the amphitheater at the nature center and follows Pilant Slough as it meanders through the bottomland forest. This short trail takes visitors to an elevated observation platform overlooking a coastal tall grass prairie and boardwalk over a small temporary pond. This trail follows the road from the Creekfield Lake Trail to the parking area at Hale Lake. This trail leads through a bottomland hardwood swamp and connects Elm Lake Trail with 40-Acre Lake Trail. Approximately 3 miles long, these trails allow visitors to get away from the more crowded areas of the park and experience a peaceful hike or bike ride through the woods. The north part of this trail is also used by equestrian riders.

We invite you to enjoy, appreciate and learn from the trail system at Brazos Bend State Park. Watch the many kinds of birds that feed in the park's lush wetlands. Observe the interrelations of nature and listen to sounds of the marsh, prairie and woodlands as they reveal many species of wildlife.

SUGGESTED HIKES

30 Minutes: Creekfield Lake Trail ­ A relaxing 1/2-mile walk around the lake on an asphalt path (wheelchair accessible). No bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades. 1 Hour: 40-Acre Lake Trail ­ Experience several different aquatic habitats on a 1-mile hike. This trail is an excellent way to view wildlife, including the American Alligator. You can also climb the four-story observation tower to get a bird's eye view of the park. 2 Hours: Red Buckeye Trail ­ For visitors looking to get away from the crowds and take a walk in the woods, this trail offers 2 miles of tranquility and wild discovery. 3 Hours: 40-Acre Lake, Spillway and Elm Lake trails ­ This very popular 5-mile hike can begin at either 40-Acre Lake or Elm Lake and gives you some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere. All Day: Get out and explore the 35 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that Brazos Bend has to offer. There's something for everyone in this nature lover's paradise!

Hale Lake Loop Trail Hoot's Hollow Trail Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail Live Oak Trail Pilant Slough Trail Prairie Trail

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American Alligator

Spillway Trail

Whiteoak and Bluestem trails

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