With amazing displays of ecological diversity of local plants and wildlife, Village Creek State Park has plenty to offer its visitors. Near Beaumont outside Houston, the park is home to a number of outdoor recreational activity options for you and your family.
Village Creek is a wonderful, relaxing spot to paddle, swim, or fish for catfish, bass, and sunfish. If you fish from shore, you do not even need a fishing license. The park also offers eight miles of trails to explore on foot or by bike. There is also a nature trail perfect for little ones.
The park is open daily, though the gate hours are 8 AM to 8 PM. Admission to the park costs $3 for adults, though children 12 and under may enter free of charge. Reservations may be made in advance by contacting the park’s office by phone or through the park website.
The park has suffered from recent hurricane damage. The park is undergoing repairs, and many activities on or near the water are currently prohibited but the park gate is currently still open 8 AM to 8 PM. Contact the park office for updated and current information regarding park area closures.
If bringing your dog, always be respectful of the park’s posted rules set for your pet's and the local wildlife’s protection. Your pet must be under your physical control at all times, either inside a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. As with any other Texas state park, always clean up after yourself and your pet, and don’t forget to bring your own waste bags. Don’t bring aggressive dogs, females in heat, or any dog that becomes a nuisance to other park guests.
The area is also home to alligators. Always be alert in alligator habitats, give any alligator at least 30 feet of space, and never swim or allow your pet to swim or drink from water in alligator habitats. If you’re looking for a tranquil, inviting spot to relax for the afternoon or the weekend, give Village Creek State Park a try.