Alligator Alley- Brazos Bend State Park

A very different park from Mustang Island, Brazos Bend offers large paved sites with lots of trees and real grass. (If you’ve been to southern Texas you know what lousy grass is.)

Alligator in camo.

Alligator in camo.


Numerous walking,biking trails crisscross the park, many along lakes, ponds and marshes. Wildlife is the attraction here. Alligators inhabit the ponds and can be seen in the water and out. They come up onto the paths to sun and you better give them a wide berth.
He may be asleep, but don't trust him.

He may be asleep, but don’t trust him.

alligator caution

I don't think so!

I don’t think so!

Signs everywhere warn of the dangers. I guess they work because they haven’t lost a visitor yet.

A sign at the entrance informs visitors that “venomous snakes reside in the park”. Oh great! After Boscoe’s encounter with the rattler at our last stop we kept him close. We did encounter a cottonmouth snake, one of the three deadliest snakes in the south. Fortunately we saw it way ahead and waited for it to slither off the path into the bushes.

Cotton mouth snake on the path ahead.

Cotton mouth snake on the path ahead.

Just his tail as he departs.

Just his tail as he departs.


This is a birders’ paradise. Herons, egrets and ducks everywhere, and they pay no attention to human visitors, carrying on with their hunt for food as if we weren’t there.
White ibis

White ibis


Little egret

Little egret

Cattle egret

Cattle egret


Common moorehen

Common moorehen. A life bird for me


Little blue heron

Little blue heron

American coot

American coot

Whistling ducks perched in a tree.

Whistling ducks perched in a tree (3 of them).

Next stop, Natchez, Mississippi.

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5 comments on “Alligator Alley- Brazos Bend State Park”

  1. Great photos – being a detail freak, I’d like to point out that your “great egret” is actually a cattle egret (beige head is the give away – great egrets are pure white). Thank you for your lovely posts!

    • Thanks for the info.
      Imagine me sitting at my computer with my Sibley’s trying to make sure I got all my birds right because I knew there would be somebody out there who knew more than me. And I still got one wrong! All fixed now.

  2. Has anyone told the ‘gators that they’re not allowed on the trails?


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