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Level: Easiest
Length: 35 mi (56.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +103/ -75 ft
Total: 12 riders

Mountain Biking Brazos Bend State Park

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#116 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#4,250 in the world

This trail is mostly made up of a wide, gravel path, some road, but little singletrack. It has nice scenery, and alligator sightings are likely. This ride is very flat and easy (and probably boring for some), but it is great for a family ride, and you get to get out on your bike and see some pretty cool stuff. Take the trails around 40 Acre, Elm, and Hale Lakes if you want the best chance to see the gators. Note: there are more than 8 miles of trail here. The 8 miles describes the trails around the lakes mentioned earlier.

First added by searsandrewj on Feb 15, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Houston, take U.S. 59 south to Richmond, and then head south on FM 762. Take this 20 miles to the park road. Past headquarters, park in the first parking area you see on your left. The trail begins to the right of the rest rooms, across a small wooden bridge.
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  • greatg

    Closed due to flooding as of 7 May

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  • Bernard Wambugu

    Pros: see gators in the wild, great to cycle with kids, good scenery (lots to see if it's a leisure ride)
    Cons: flat, no technical, mixed pedestrian & riders in most places,

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  • mtbtrucker

    If you're looking for a technical challenge, you won't find it here. Unless the prospect of dodging or bunny-hopping alligators and venomous snakes gets your heart pumping. As described above, the trails are flat and wide but I wouldn't pass up this park because of that. The scenery and wildlife are outstanding! Before I ever saw my first gators, I heard 3 splash into the water as I approached. After that, I saw at least 20 of them, some in the water and some on the bank or on the trail. I came to within 6 feet of a very large one before I even noticed it. Other wildlife I saw were snakes, deer, rabbits, and lots of colorful and loud birds. Although not technically challenging, this is a great place for a family ride, kid's intro ride, group ride/campout, or gravel grinder. I managed to log 25 miles and didn't even ride all the trails.

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