BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK
A former hunting ranch, Brazos Bend State Park is about 28 miles southwest of Houston and covers roughly 5,000 acres. Its 3.2-mile eastern boundary fronts the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County. The state purchased the park land in 1976-77. Brazos Bend opened in 1984.
Thousands of species, ranging from grasses and wildflowers to trees and aquatic plant life, grow in the park. Animal life is just as diverse.
The white-tailed deer is the largest of more than 25 different species of mammals. Other mammals here include feral pigs, raccoons, squirrels, river otters, bobcats, foxes and more.
About 21 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the American alligator, live in the park. Mild days in the spring and fall or any mild winter day are the best time to view reptiles or amphibians.
Always use caution around alligators Stay at least 30 feet away from alligators, never feed or annoy them, and keep yourself and your pet out of the water. Read through our alligator safety tips before your visit.
In the early 19th century, this area of Texas was the site of Stephen F. Austin's first colonial land grant from Mexico. Present park land was included in a grant to Abner Harris and partner William Barrett in 1827.
During the Texas Revolution, the Steamboat Yellowstone passed the park more than once on its route up the Brazos River to aid the Texian cause. Learn more at an exhibit on the Yellowstone Landing Trail.
Most of the riverfront was sold shortly after the revolution ended.
Cotton brokers from Brazoria held part of the park and 2,400 feet of river frontage in 1845, according to early records. The Brazos River was one of the principal routes of commerce at the time. The brokers may have used the area for a riverboat landing.