Brazos Bend State Park - Trail, Richmond-Rosenberg, Texas

Brazos Bend State Park - Trail, Richmond-Rosenberg, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Jeep tracks. All the singletrack I came across were "foot traffic only".

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[Nov 24, 2010]
dhfox
Racer

Expect to ride crushed limestone paths wider than your driveway. No hills to speak of. No technical sections. No singletrack. Half the other riders are on "beach crusiers" with coaster brakes. Expect to see many people walking, who are easily offended if they are passed at anything above walking speeds. If you know what to expect, you won't be disappointed. This "trail" is not for mountain bikers. It's for Mom's and Dad's on beach cruisers and hybrids, with their kids on bmx or coaster brake bikes. But far more birdwatchers with binoculars will be seen on this trail than any biker...

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2
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1
[Jun 07, 2010]
tejohn2
Weekend Warrior

I'm still fairly new to the Houston area - but the BBSP is one of the most beautiful rides I have ever been on. Love the alligators and wildlife. Trails range from beginner to intermediate on the back-trails. The further from civilization on the trails the fewer the people - I have been on several at peak times and have been the only one on the trail - pretty cool. The State of Texas has done a great job with this park.

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5
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2
[Apr 06, 2009]
KLKrolczyk
Weekend Warrior

First trail my husband and I ever tried was Double Lake on two cheap $100 bikes, which KILLED us, so we looked for something a bit easier. The crushed granite trails at Brazos around the lakes are nice "meandering" type trails with tons of wildlife to look at. Definitely bring a camera. If you want something a smidge more technical, try the equestrian trails at the very very back of the park. They are not graveled over and its about 8 miles through the trees, not tight, no jumps, but more difficult than the other trails due to the raw nature. Beware though, not only did we see docile deer, but we ran across a pack of wild hogs which can be dangerous. There is a little side trail off to the right of the main trail on the last leg, this is the most technical trail here. As soon as you go onto that trail, there is a HUGE drop where you have to jump a little creek then ascend up the other side. Very difficult if you have no experience. Also, this trail is a dead end so be prepared to do the descending and asceding on your way back. We just bought new bikes this past weekend (much lighter, better bikes) so we'll be back out at Brazos next weekend. This place is super fun if you're a nature type weekend warrior. If you're more experienced you might like Double Lake better.

Customer Service

For beginners, start at Elm Lake trial by the restrooms, take spillway trail to 40-acre lake (take 40-acre lake trail to the left unless you want to make a short climb) then come back up spillway trail which leads you back into Elm Lake, go right on that trail, then take the Pilant Slough trail to mix it up a little and see some nice wildlife, come out by the recreation center and take the trail back towards Elm Lake. This comes out to a 4mi. plus trail that's really nice to ride.

For someone tired of the granite "roads", go back by Hale Lake and jump on Whiteoak Trail, take a right on Bluestem Trail, follow until it becomes Riverview Trail (don't let the name fool you, we saw no river), follow this trail until it becomes Sawmill Trail, then Bayou Trail. Bayou Trail is where you can branch off to Creekwood Lake Trail if you want a more challenging ride, or just keep on Bayou Trail, cross the road, ride around Hale Lake and finish up at the beginning of Whiteoak Trail. This is a good 10-16 mile trail depending on how you go, but its definitely worth it if you like the area but need something a bit more challenging.

Similar Products Used:

Double Lake if you're experienced.
Anahuac if you want something easier and just as much nature.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Mar 22, 2009]
zachmillonzi
Weekend Warrior

This is just a flat ride on gravel, there's nothing special about it this trail. It's a nice family ride, but not for a mountain biker. All the singletrack here is foot-traffic only.

Customer Service

Ride this thing called the loop or something like that here. It's about a 1/2 a mile long and has a few roots, it's the best trail here.

Similar Products Used:

The Anthills
Memorial Park's Ho Chi Minh Trail

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2
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1
[Oct 09, 1999]
Dave

I went to BBSP expecting to ride some real trails. Granted, I only rode the Red Buckeye (partially) and the Whiteoak Trails, but these were listed on the map (supplied at park HQ) as unimproved bike trails. The trails looked like some one had run a mower throught the cleared-out sections and drove a truck through them. No technical areas at all. The potential is there for some outstanding trails, but not the way they are now. Good for your grandparents or grandkids to ride their Huffies through to see all the pretty deer, but you can do that from the pavement.

Similar Products Used:

The only other trail close to home is Jack Brooks (excellent!) in Hitchcock.

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1
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[Nov 02, 1999]
Sam

Very, VERY! flat.

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1
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[Dec 22, 1999]
SCOT

THE TRIALS HERE ARE GOOD. MOST OF THEM CAN HOLD A LITTLE RAIN BUT THE OTHERS ARE A MUD HOLE. MOST ALL THE TRAILS ARE NOW ALLOWING BIKES BUT NOT ALL. JUST BECAUSRE IT SAYS FOOT TRAFFIC ONLY DOES NOT MEAN IT.

Similar Products Used:

JACK BROOKS

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4
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[Feb 16, 2000]
Jason Laviolette

The BBSP is truly a place to take it easy. I would not recommend driving all the way out there to really try and rip a new one in the park. It really is more of an opportunity to go slow to medium, and just enjoy the scenery. In the spring and summer when it rains, bring your poncho and be wowed at how much this place is just a throwback to the dinosaur era. The alligators will freak you out completely when you run up on one in the middle of the trail. This is an area where families come to introduce kids to nature, not to yielding trail to mtb bangers. Pack a lunch, bring your girlfriend or boyfriend and relax. Mid-week really is awesome during the spring and summer. There are few people in the park and you can completely chill. the average biker out there is a roadie or huffy schwinn beginner bike. If you want to bang, go to Memorial Park and get your freak on. I especially recommend night-riding there, you will lose it completely if you let your mind expand in the dark woods and swamps. You can also go to special events at the George Observatory and check out the stars. Additionally, they put on a cool Earth Day celebration in April that is highly recommended for the family.

Customer Service

start on the trail by the Observation tower(first area on left just inside the park) and head straight out.

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3
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[Mar 18, 2000]
cjm

I logged about 15 miles and didn't cover all of the trails. The scenery was good, and the facilities in good condition. This is a good place to ride with the family (off-pavement), but definitely not the place for technical riding.

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3
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[Feb 27, 2001]
SkyHighChiGuy

We started from the west end of the park, so there were a lot of flat foot trails that allowed for quick sprints and a steady cadence. From there, we used the roads to cross over to the east end where the more bike-oriented trails are located. Red Buckeye was quite a lot of fun, and Whiteoak was alright. AFTER A RAIN, THERE IS LOTS OF GUMBO! QUITE A WORKOUT! We logged about 20 miles in a couple of hours due to the mud. It's a scenic ride, not very technical, but good for beginner to intermediate.

Customer Service

Drive. Then ride.

Similar Products Used:

Ant Hills, Cypresswood

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3
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