Village Creek State Park

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Village Creek State Park

Texas

(409) 755-7322

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Overview

Village Creek State Park, 1,090 heavily forested acres, is located in the Hardin County community of Lumberton, 10 miles north of Beaumont. Acquired in 1979 and opened April 20, 1994, Village Creek State Park takes its name from Village Creek, a free flowing stream which rises near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and meanders in a southeasterly direction 69 miles to a junction with the Neches River.

Village Creek State Park, 1,090 heavily forested acres, is located in the Hardin County community of Lumberton, 10 miles north of Beaumont. Acquired in 1979 and opened April 20, 1994, Village Creek State Park takes its name from Village Creek, a free flowing stream which rises near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and meanders in a southeasterly direction 69 miles to a junction with the Neches River.

Village Creek is an extremely popular flat water canoe float stream in what remains as the heart and soul of the Old Texas Big Thicket. Rainfall is abundant and the banks of Village Creek flood severely every 3 or 4 years.

Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming (1 mile hike to sandbar swimming area), hiking, fishing, nature study, and bird watching.

The park is a "forest" full of cypress swamps; water tupelo, river birch, mayhaw, and yaupon trees; baygalls and blackwater sloughs in the flood plain of the Neches River. Wildlife is also abundant with snapping turtle; white tailed deer; diamond-back water snake; opossum; spring-peeper, cricket, and bull frogs; and nine-banded armadillo. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy rain-loving wood ducks, egrets, and herons, just to name a few from over 200 species of birds native to the Big Thicket. There is also fishing Village Creek with catfish, bass, perch, and panfish.

Open: 7 days a week year round. Busy Season: February to September.

Nearby attractions include Sea Rim State Park, Martin Dies Jr. State Park, the Big Thicket National Preserve, Cattail Marsh, and Pleasure Island. There are numerous museums in nearby Beaumont - The Fire Museum of Texas, John Jay French House, Spindletop Oil Museum, McFaddin-Ward House, Texas Energy Museum, and Clifton Steamboat Museum.

Map of Village Creek (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.251810, -94.159050

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Activities

  • Boating

    Village Creek is an extremely popular flat water canoe float stream in what remains as the heart and soul of the Old Texas Big Thicket. There is a dirt slope canoe launch in the park. Independent outfitters in nearby Lumberton and Silsbee rent canoes.

    This 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail has multiple access sites and offers beautiful white sandy beaches and sandbars, amazing wildlife diversity and tall East Texas trees. For more information about the trail visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/village_creek/index.phtml.

  • Bird Watching

    Birding enthusiasts will enjoy rain-loving wood ducks, egrets, and herons, just to name a few from over 200 species of birds native to the Big Thicket.

  • Bicycling

    There are eight miles of trails are available to mountain bikers.

  • Camping

    Facilities for campers include campsites with water, electricity, fire rings, lantern posts, benches, and picnic tables; a trailer dump station; walk-in tent campsites with tent area, fire rings, lantern posts, picnic tables and benches (walk-in distances vary from 150 to 250 yards, water centrally located). There are ADA-accessible restrooms at the park headquarters; one large ADA-accessible restroom facility with showers (across from water and electric campsites).

  • Fishing

    There is fishing in Village Creek with catfish, bass, perch, and panfish. Supplies and fishing licenses are available in the community of Lumberton.

  • Hiking

    There are eight miles of trails for hiking.

  • Historic Sites

    Various tours, interpretive, and educational programs are offered throughout the year. These include guided nature trail hikes, a self-guided trail, night hikes, slide presentations, campfire talks, and educational programs. Most programs occur on a regular basis and are posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Event Calendar. This web page lists events for a three-month period and is updated regularly. Tours and programs are also available by request by contacting the park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites; a group picnic pavilion (capacity 80) with electricity and water outlets, barbecue pit, and picnic tables. ADA-accessible restrooms at the park headquarters; one large ADA-accessible restroom facility with showers (across from water and electric campsites).

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available at the park; a one-mile hike leads to a sandbar swimming area.

    Village Creek is an extremely popular flat water, canoe float stream in what remains as the heart and soul of the Old Texas Big Thicket. Rainfall is abundant and the banks of Village Creek flood severely every three or four years.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife is abundant with snapping turtle, white tailed deer, diamond-back water snake, opossum, spring-peeper, cricket, bull frog and nine-banded armadillo.

Seasonality/Weather

July average high is 93; January average low is 38.

Directions

Driving

From Beaumont, take US Highway 69/96 North; take Mitchell Road exit onto Mitchell Road (just before the US Highway 69/96 split). Go approximately .4 mile on the access road and turn east (right) onto Mitchell Road. Then turn immediately north (left) onto FM 3513 (Village Creek Parkway). Go approximately 2 miles and turn East (right) on Alma Drive. Cross the railroad tracks (veer to the left) and go 0.5 mile to park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(409) 755-7322

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