Activities

Lumberton, Texas is the home to Village Creek State Park. The park attracts tourists from all over. Canoeing, hiking, and bird watching are among the some of the popular activities in the park.

The City of Lumberton is in the process of developing a 90 acre park on FM 421 for the community to enjoy. The park will become the new home for the Village Creek Festival and will include other attractions such as walking trails, nature observation stations, and a wetlands area.

Village Creek State Park

Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming (1-mile hike to sandbar swimming area), hiking, fishing, nature study and bird watching. The park is part of the Village Creek Paddling Trail .

History

Village Creek State Park, 1,090 heavily forested acres, is located in the Hardin County community of Lumberton, 10 miles north of Beaumont. Acquired in 1979 and opened April 20, 1994, Village Creek State Park takes its name from Village Creek, a free flowing stream that rises near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and meanders in a southeasterly direction 69 miles to a junction with the Neches River.

Village Creek is an extremely popular flat water, canoe float stream in what remains as the heart and soul of the Old Texas Big Thicket. Rainfall is abundant and the banks of Village Creek flood severely every 3 or 4 years.

Outfitters & Guide Services

Ranger Programs

Various tours and interpretive and educational programs are offered throughout the year. These include guided nature trail hikes, a self-guided trail, night hikes, slide presentations, campfire talks and other educational programs. Check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. Tours and programs are also available by request by contacting the park.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Sea Rim State Park , Martin Dies Jr. State Park , the Big Thicket National Preserve , Cattail Marsh and Pleasure Island. There are numerous museums in nearby Beaumont - The Fire Museum of Texas, John Jay French House, Spindletop Oil Museum, McFaddin-Ward House, Texas Energy Museum and Clifton Steamboat Museum.

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.

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $3 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Big Thicket National Preserve

6102 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625
Phone: (409) 951-6700

The Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 105,684 acres. Big Thicket was the first Preserve in the National Park System established October 11, 1974, and protects an area of rich biological diversity. A convergence of ecosystems occurred here during the last Ice Age. It brought together, in one geographical location, the eastern hardwood forests, the Gulf coastal plains, and the midwest prairies. December 15, 1981, the Preserve was designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Program. July 26, 2001, the American Bird Conservancy recognized the Preserve as a Globally Important Bird Area joining thousands of others around the world. Hours: Preserve Headquarters is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed holidays. Preserve Visitor Center is open daily, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open year-round. Admission: free.

Riverpark Park

  • 800 Main
  • Downtown Beaumont
  • Beaumont, TX 77701
  • (409) 838-3435
  • (800) 782-3081
  • Fax: (409) 838-3715

This spacious park overlooks the Neches River and is the traditional site for the City's annual Fourth of July Celebration, on-the-water boat shows, and other outdoor events. The park also has accessible boat docks for pleasure craft. You can bring your family and picnic baskets to the park and enjoy a serene afternoon by the river.

Beaumont Botanical Gardens & Warren Loose Conservatory

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive
Beaumont, TX 77705
Phone: (409) 842-3135

Beaumont Botanical Gardens is a 23 acre garden of ever-changing beauty located within the 500 acres of Tyrrell Park. It is also home to the Bert and Jack Binks Horticultural Center and the Warren Loose Conservatory, the second largest conservatory in a public garden in Texas. Stroll the paved walkway connecting the themed gardens that showcase camellias, modern and antique roses, bromeliads and many native plants. These walkways allow easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. Hours: The Botanical Gardens are open daily, 6:00 am - 9:00 pm. The Warren Loose Conservatory is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed Wednesday) and Saturday - Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed holidays. Admission: free, donations welcome.

Cowboy Badlands Extreme Sports Park

  • 18179 IH-10 East
  • Beaumont, TX 77707
  • (409) 540-2987

Do you like your sports extreme? This dirt bike park offers two professional motocross tracks as well as tracks for smaller bikes and even one for radio controlled cars. Whether you want to ride or just watch the bikes zoom by, this extreme sports park will get your blood pumping. Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 9 a.m. until they go home.

Ida Reed Dog Park

  • 7th Street at IH-10
  • Beaumont, TX 77702

This dog-friendly park is a perfect stop to let your pet stretch their legs on a trip through Beaumont. The park also includes some fun for the kids with slides, swings, jungle gym and basketball and tennis courts. A gazebo and plenty of trees makes it a great place to stop for a family picnic as well.

McFaddin and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges

7590 South Gulfway Drive
Sabine Pass, TX 77655
Phone: (409) 971-2909

The McFaddin and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges, located on the upper Texas Coast, supply important feeding and resting habitat for migrating populations of waterfowl. The 55,000 acre McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge consists of the largest remaining freshwater marsh on the Texas Coast and thousands of acres of intermediate to brackish marsh. Neighboring Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 8,900 acres of fresh to salt marsh with some wooded uplands and prairie ridges. Both refuges are located along Highway 87 at the southeastern tip of Texas, near the Louisiana border. Approximately 15 miles south of Port Arthur and 90 miles east of Houston, Texas Point NWR is adjacent to Sabine Pass, while McFaddin NWR lies 12 miles further to the west. Hours: Refuge Visitor Center is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Main Refuge is open daily, one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The Visitor Center entrance gate is open 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Restrooms facilities are available near the main entrance kiosks. Admission: free. NOTE: Please be aware that stretches of Hwy 87 were destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

Pipkin Park

1350 Pennsylvania
Beaumont, TX 77701

Special Features: 1. Memorial to the Veterans of All Wars 2. Historical Marker 3. Creative Play Area 4. Temple to the Brave 5. Park separated into two areas: One with the history. The other with the playground. The Best Thing About This Park Is: It overlooks the Port of Beaumont. Description: - Deep in the heart of Downtown, this is Beaumont's most historical park. It shows our area's pride to those who fought in the wars for our country and our state. - The Temple to the Brave is open to the public by the Historical Society on military holidays. Come out to see it for a truly special occasion. - It is the perfect setting overlooking the Port of Beaumont located on the Neches River. - Watch trains and huge US vessels come and go from this delightful park. - Get your history, sightseeing, and playing in all at once! Tree Count: 24

Sea Rim State Park

19335 S Hwy 87
Sabine Pass, TX 77655
Phone: (409) 971-2559

Sea Rim State Park is a 4,141-acre state park in southeast Texas, located 10 miles West of Sabine Pass on Hwy 87. Activities include camping, wildlife observation, birding, beach combing, walking the Gambusia Nature Trail (a boardwalk through the marsh), canoeing, kayaking, beach swimming, fishing and public waterfowl hunting (in season). The park includes 5 miles of open beach. Located along the Greater Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Sea Rim State Park serves as a rest stop for many species of migratory birds traveling the Central Flyway. Warblers, swallows, vireos, grosbeaks, buntings and flycatchers are only a few of the birds that visitors can expect to see. American alligator, mink, nutria, raccoon, rabbit, opossum, skunk, river otter and muskrat are some of the many animals found in the park. At dawn and dusk, bobcats and coyotes can sometimes be seen. White and brown shrimp, crabs, and various sport fishes, such as red drum, speckled trout and flounder, thrive in the park's lakes and bayous. Rich with plankton and organic matter, the marshland waters serve as a nursery for various species of aquatic life, supporting marine fisheries and migratory waterfowl. Hours: Daily, year round. Busy season is April through July. Admission: Adults, $3. Children 12 and Under, free. Self-pay is cash/correct change only. NOTE: Texas Parks and Wildlife was provided $2 million for the recovery of Sea Rim State Park by the 81st Legislature. With these funds, the department has developed a master plan to restore the park in a two phase process. The first phase will include construction of some park facilities over the next two years. In the interim, we have removed all storm debris and destroyed facilities and have opened the park on a limited bases: Day Use and primitive camping (no electricity available). A permit is required to utilize the park.

SETx Wakeboarding

2235 Calder Ave.
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: (409) 781-4786

SETx Wakeboarding is offering private & group coaching sessions to anyone that wants to have fun & learn to be a better rider. Whether you'd simply like to get up for the first time or stick that trick you've been working on all summer, we're confident we can help! With our experienced instructors & private lake, we're ready to get you dialed in and making progress. "When you're riding good; you're feeling good; and when you're feeling good; you're having fun. That's what it's all about!" It's our goal to create an encouraging, [fun-filled] environment that allows you you experience progression with your wakeboarding. We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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