(Last Updated On: November 28, 2022)
Pavilion at sunset in Village Creek State Park

Pavilion at sunset in Village Creek State Park. Photo: Park Facebook Page

Not to be confused with its namesake in Arkansas, Village Creek State Park is a heavily forested, public recreational space that covers 1,090 acres.

Established in 1994, it is named after Village Creek, a very clean, free-flowing and sand-bottomed, tributary of the Neches River.

Despite being just 20 minutes from downtown Beaumont, the park is a world away from it in terms of composition.

Featuring swamps, pinelands, Cyprus forests, pseudo-deserts and other waterways, it accommodates one of the most biologically diverse landscapes outside the tropics.

Renowned for being an excellent destination for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and birding, this Texas state park also offers visitors several accommodation options for RVs, trailers and tent camping too.

Activities

No matter when you visit the park, it provides plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy, and make the most, of its stunning landscape.

Here is just a small selection of some of the many things you can see and do during your time there.

Boating at Village Creek State Park

The free flowing waterway of Village Creek is a haven for those who enjoy boating activities like canoeing, kayaking and SUP.

Extending for 21-miles the paddling trail showcases a terrain that includes stunning white sandbars and beaches, stately East Texas trees and a diverse range of flora and fauna.

If you bring your watercraft to the park, don’t be surprised if you spend several hours every day checking out this awesome scenery.

Swimming at Village Creek State Park

As Village Creek has a flat and sandy bottom, it makes for a terrific place to wade or swim, especially when the heat of the Texan sun gets too unbearable.

Generally the water is quite cold between the months of February and April, however, outside of that it should be nice enough to go for a dip.

If you decide to do this be aware that the water is not lifeguarded, so you will have to enter it at your own risk.

Fishing at Village Creek State Park

For those into fishing the creek offers plenty of opportunities to catch sunfish, catfish and bass, especially in the late spring and during the summer.

Often the best way to do this is to use spinners, jigs and other small lures, as this seems to attract fish in their droves. For catfish, you’ll probably need to use a heavier line, as they tend to put up a fight.

Throughout the park, a number of trails skirt along the creek and some of its major branches, which will take you to several quiet spots in which you can cast a line.

Wherever you end up fishing, its worth checking with the park’s main office to see if you need a license.

If you didn’t bring your fishing gear with you don’t worry, park rangers can loan you rods and reels as required.

Hiking and Biking at Village Creek State Park

Throughout the park there are around 10 hiking and biking trails that allow you to explore its picturesque landscape.

Luckily most of these are heavily shaded with thick forest so you will have some protection from the piercing sun.

For those looking for easier walks the Loblolly, Beechwood and River Birch Trails are quite short and therefore ideal for families.

On a more moderate level of difficulty The Water Works Trail showcases the park’s wonderful biodiversity over the course of two miles.

While for those wanting a real challenge, the Village Creek Trail is a tough hike. But it will take you to a lovely sandbar swimming hole which you should enjoy.

Birding at Village Creek State Park

With more than 200 species residing within it, either on a permanent or seasonal basis, birding is a very popular activity at Village Creek State Park.

The majority of these birds arrive in the migratory seasons of early spring or late fall, so if you visit the park then be sure to bring your binoculars with you.

Some of the species you may be able to see at that time include the likes of yellow-throated vireos, ruby-crowned kinglets, white-eyed vireos, yellow-rumped warblers, wooded warblers and pine warblers.

Throughout the year you should expect to see mockingbirds, cardinals, egrets, woodpeckers, wood ducks, hawks, owls and herons.

Pets at Village Creek State Park

Pets are allowed in certain parts of the park, so you can bring your dog with you to it if you want.

However, some restrictions may apply. So it is worth contacting the park’s main office to determine how they might affect your time there.

Camping at Village Creek State Park

For visitors who want to stay at the park for a few nights, there are several options for camping available.

Despite being called the Hilltop Camping Area, the main campsite here is actually pretty flat, so don’t worry about accessing it with your rig.

Overall it offers 25 water and electric hookup sites for trailers and RVs, all of which can accommodate vehicles of up to 61 feet, and many of which are ADA accessible.

Each of these sites also has enough room for your rig, as well as a 10 x 10 tent. They also come with their own lantern post, outdoor grill and picnic table, in addition to a private and paved pad that is shaded and well guarded.

Amenities at this campground include restrooms with toilets and showers, as well as a dump station and huge recycling bin.

If you would prefer, the park also offers 15 primitive walk-in tent sites at the Creekside Campsite Area. Many of these are situated right on the creekside, while others are set further back within the sandy woodlands.

All of these sites come with their own picnic table, lantern point, fire ring and tent pad. They are also close to water too.

As well as these options the park offers visitors the chance to stay in a creekside cabin, or a group camping, if they are part of an organized youth group.

Park Location

Village Creek State Park
8854 Park Rd 74
Lumberton, TX 77657
Phone: 409.755.7322

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Village Creek State Park: