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.