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I visited Brazos Bend State Park last Saturday in the late afternoon (after attending an exciting meeting with Nick Lampson at Madras Pavilion). It was a sunny day and turned out to be a great day to visit the park. Some comments from this experience.
To go to the Park go SOUTH on Crabb River Rd/FM-2759 S (which is the extension of Grand Parkway south of HWY 59). At the FM 2759/FM 762 intersection (there is an EXXON station in the corner), FM 762 goes straight (SOUTH) and also right (NORTH). Hence go straight on FM 762 SOUTH. There is a large sign for Brazos Bend State Park and from this point on you can follow the signs to the park. The drive is curved and exciting. The park is 17 miles from HWY 59 exit for Crabb River Rd.
There is a $4 parking fee to enter the park. You will have to drive straight for about 3.5 miles to go the picnic site next to ELM lake. The park is big.
The parking lot next to the covered picnic area was cordoned off that day, (as there were no reservations that day I would think). The place had enough benches to seat 100 people. The lights worked and there were two electrical outlets on two sides. The crowd was moderate and there were plenty of grass area to walk around and play.
The hiking trail around the Elm lake was 1.7 miles and it was very exciting. The lake had numerous birds and bring your binoculars, if you are a bird watcher. I saw half a dozen signs warning of alligators, but could not locate one. I am sure they are there. The Park also has several lakes and miles and miles of hiking trails. There is a nature trail (a mile away from Elm Lake) , a gift shop and an observatory (which is open only on Saturdays). You can make a reservation to view the stars on Saturdays only.
You can also bring your bike to ride and you can fish from the piers (no boating allowed).