Village Creek State Park

Nature

The park is 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.

Note: About 640 acres of the park's 1,090 acres were impacted by Hurricane Rita, and the park lost 30 to 80 percent of the trees in those areas. It will take a long time for the forest to recover, even with the help of a reforestation plan that is being drafted.


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