What to do in Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park, 1003.9 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 is closed for debris cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Rita. We are hoping to open the park in phases. The opening dates are tentative and may change to later dates. Currently no reservations are being made for arrivals prior to June 1, 2006. * April 1, 2006 - Phase 1: Campsites with water & electric, restrooms with showers, cabin, group picnic pavilion, and playground. Possibly a couple of picnic sites and one nature trail-"Lil' Paws Kids Nature Trail" (1/10 mile). * June 1, 2006 - Phase 2: Picnic area and walk-in tent campsites. Also, possibly a couple of nature trails - "Lil' Paws Kids Nature Trail" and "Bicycle/Fitness Trail" (1 mile total). * September 1, 2006 - Phase 3: Primitive group camping area and about half of the park's nature trails (four miles total). * December 1, 2006 - Phase 4: Remaining nature trails in park (8 miles total). Also, possibly the Nature Center.NOTE: About 640 acres of the park's 1,050 acres was impacted by the hurricane, and the park lost 30-80% of the trees in those areas. Therefore, it will take a long time for the forest to recover, even with the help of a reforestation plan that is being drafted.
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.

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. There is also fishing Village Creek with catfish, bass, perch, and panfish.

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, water centrally located); picnic sites; a group picnic pavilion (capacity 50) 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); children's playground; sheltered water fountains; and 8 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and nature study. There is a group recreation hall (capacity 30) with kitchen (a sink, a refrigerator and a range; a restroom; 2 sleeping areas (a loft and a bedroom that sleep 4)(sleeping bags may be used inside and tents pitched in the yard); and an open room for meetings. The community of Lumberton can furnish picnic supplies, groceries, fishing licenses, and tackle. Canoe rental equipment and shuttle service are provided by local outfitters. Contact the park for more information.

Recreation opportunities at the park include camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, nature study, and bird watching. 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. 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.

Village Creek State Park is situated within the Gulf Coast region of Texas. 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 .5 mile to park entrance.

Village Creek State Park is located at an elevation of 24 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 93 degrees and a January average low of 38 degrees. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

P.O. Box 8565
Lumberton, TX 77657

Phone: 409/755-7322

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