Village Creek State Park is part of the Big Thicket National Preserve and is home to a forest full of cypress swamps; water tupelo, river birch, mayhaw and yaupon trees; and baygalls and blackwater sloughs in the floodplain of the Neches River.
Wildlife is also abundant and includes snapping turtles, white-tailed deer, diamondback water snakes, opossums, spring peepers, crickets, bull frogs and nine-banded armadillos. 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 in Village Creek, with catfish, bass, perch and panfish.
Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming (1-mile hike to sandbar swimming area), hiking, fishing, nature study and bird watching. The park is part of the Village Creek Paddling Trail. This 21-mile trail has multiple access sites to help you create the best float time for you, whether you are looking for an easy one-hour paddle or an all day outdoors experience.
Hours: Daily, 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.
Admission: Adults, $3. Children 12 and Under, free.
Campsites: Walk-In, $7. With Water & Electricity, $15. (Plus daily entrance fees.)
Paddling Trail Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/village_creek/index.phtml