Village Creek Texas State Park
Village Creek State Park Information:
Habitat at this 1,090 acre park consists of cypress swamps, blackwater sloughs, and river birch, Mayhaw and yaupon trees. The park is located on Village Creek within the Big Thicket National Preserve in Lumberton, Texas near Silsbee, and just 10 miles north of Beaumont. The land was acquired in 1979. The park opened to the public in April, 1994. The park takes its name from its location on Village Creek, a tributary of the Neches River. The creek arises north of the Big Sandy Creek Unit of the Big Thicket Preserve, near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. It merges with Big Sandy Creek, and then meanders in a southeasterly direction through the park before emptying into the Neches River. The 37 mile Village Creek Canoe Trip is one of the most popular paddling trips in the southern U.S. The swimming hole is favored for its constant 74-78 degree temperature. Rainfall is abundant in the area. And the banks of Village Creek flood severely every 3 or 4 years. Park activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, swimming, nature viewing and birding. The plant life, including carnivorous plants, is a big park attraction. Alligators, river otter, beaver, bobcats, opossums, armadillos, and other wildlife live in the park. For more information watch the Park Video.  Park entrance and camping fees apply. Village Creek State Park Facilities Map
Village Creek:
The creek is formed by the junction of Big Sandy and Kimball Creeks in northern Hardin County, one mile northwest of Village, Mills, Texas. It flows 41 miles to its mouth on the Neches River, eight miles north of Beaumont, Texas. It flows through sections of the Big Thicket Preserve, and flows through Village Creek State Park near Lumberton, Texas.
Big Thicket National Preserve Information:
The 101,000 acre Big Thicket was the first preserve established in the National Park system. Preserve habitat consists of approximately 101,000 acres of southeastern black water swamps, central plains, southwest desert, rivers, creeks, and forests of virgin pine, cypress, and hardwood trees. The Big Thicket is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and was proclaimed an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1981. The preserve contains 8 ecosystems, more than 85 tree species, 60 shrub species, and almost a thousand flowering plants (20 orchids). The Turkey Creek Unit is home to 4 out the 5 types of carnivorous plants found in North America, including the sundews, pitcher plants, butterworts, and bladderworts; only the Venus fly trap is absent. Abundant wildlife includes almost 300 bird species, (including the American Bald Eagle), alligators, bobcats, panthers, armadillos, snakes, and other reptiles and animals. There are no developed campgrounds in the preserve. Primitive camping by permit is allowed in some units. Not all of the 9 land units are connected to each other, so a preserve map is a necessity. The preserve contains miles of trails. During the hot, humid season, bring plenty of water and insect repellant. Volunteer positions are available by calling (935) 274-1181. The Big Thicket is located in East Texas, approximately 100 miles northeast of Houston, and an hour north of Beaumont.  Preserve Units & Facilities Map 
Village Creek State Park Directions:  
From Beaumont, take U.S. 69/96 North. Just before U.S. 69 and U.S. 96 split, exit onto Mitchell Road. Drive approximately 0.25 miles on the access road, then turn right (east) onto Mitchell Road. Then immediately turn north (left) onto FM 3513 (Village Creek Parkway). Drive approximately 2 miles, then turn east (right) on Alma Drive.