Brazos Bend State Park is on the Brazos River near Farm Road 762 in Fort Bend County seven miles west of Rosharon. The 4,897-acre park was originally part of the Abner Harris and William Barrett land grants and for many years served as a ranch and hunting preserve. The state acquired the site from private owners in 1976, and the park officially opened in 1984. The park is heavily wooded with a wide variety of trees, including oak, elm, pecan, sycamore, and cottonwood. It is home to squirrels, white-tailed deer, bobcats, raccoons, opossums, grey foxes, coyotes, feral hogs, and alligators, as well as a wide range of birds. Park facilities include a group dining hall, fishing piers, restrooms, showers, campsites, and picnic tables. The George Observatory is located in the park woods, and its largest telescope is available for public use.
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Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Austin: Cordovan, 1984).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Brazos Bend State Park,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 23, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
May 1, 1995
Most Recent Revision Date:
June 21, 2020