Village Creek State Park, 1003.9 heavily forested acres, is located in the Hardin County community of Lumberton. 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.
The park has 8 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and nature study. Moreover, 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. Tours and programs are also available by request by contacting the park.
The park is a "rain 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.
Directions: From Beaumont, TX, Take US Highway 69/96 North; take Mitchell Road exit onto Mitchell Road (just before the US Highway 69/96 split). Go approximately 0.4 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.
Elevation: 24 feet
Distance: 8 miles
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