From Village Creek State Park – Lumberton, TX
After a longer than usual stay at our “home base” park in Pearland we have moved a short distance to Lumberton where we will once again be hosts at a Texas State Park……..this time Village Creek State Park. In our years of weekend RVing we have stayed at this park many times as well as a couple of visits since going full time and have always enjoyed the piney woods of the area as well a very friendly park staff. So as they say it was a “no brainer” for us to host at this park!
This is one of the newer parks in Texas opening April of 1994 and the entirety of the park is within the city limits of the community of Lumberton. On arrival to the park in the Piney Woods of east Texas you are surrounded by nearly 2,500 acres of heavily forested terrain yet you are just a mile and a half from the main street of Lumberton.
The park was named for Village Creek a clean sand bottomed free flowing tributary to the Neches River that borders the park. The flowing stream begins near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and meanders southeasterly 69 miles to a junction with the Neches River.
Canoeing is the big thing here! This park located on the creek is part of the Texas Paddling Trail and offers a canoe launch with access to 30 miles of flat water canoe floating. The creek also offers an unsupervised swimming beach within the park boundaries accessible at the end of a one mile hike.
Like the majority of the Texas State Parks Village Creek offers camping in various modes. You can find 25 water-electric campsites, 16 walk-in tent campsites, a group primitive camping area as well as an eight person cabin on the banks of the creek.
If hiking is your thing the park offers 10 hiking trails totaling 10 miles. Among these hiking trails is one for “Lil’ Paws” measuring only .09 miles in length, a bicycle/fitness trail and several nature trails with the longest being the Village Creek Trail at 1.13 miles. Hikes along these trails vary anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
We are looking forward to our month commitment as a park host. The new site they have prepared for the hosts is snuggled in the tall pines and hardwoods of the park and is equipped with full hook ups. Our duties begin tomorrow as our work schedule is Sunday thru Thursday with Friday and Saturday our off days.
Don’t know if we will see any new places or things in this area as we have reported our findings previously in the journal…….but if we do come across something NEW I will make a post to share it with you.