Address 1: P.O. Box 8565
Open: Open all year
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 41
Electric Water: 25
Full Hook: Yes
About: Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming (1 mile hike to sandbar swimming area), hiking, fishing, nature study, and bird watching.
Tours and Interpretive Programs: Various tours, 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 educational programs. Most programs occur on a regular basis and are posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Event Calendar. This web page lists events for a three-month period and is updated regularly. Tours and programs are also available by request by contacting the park.
Facilities for campers include campsites with water, electricity, fire rings, lantern posts, benches, and picnic tables; a trailer dump station; walk-in tent campsites with tent area, fire rings, lantern posts, picnic tables and benches (walk-in distances vary from 50 to 150 yards, water centrally located); picnic sites; a group picnic pavilion (capacity 80) with electricity and water outlets, barbecue pit, and picnic tables; ADA-accessible restrooms at the park headquarters; one large ADA-accessible restroom facility with showers (across from water and electric campsites); children’s playground; sheltered water fountains; and 8 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and nature study. There is an 8 person cabin with a kitchen (a sink, a refrigerator and a range), a restroom, 2 sleeping areas (a loft and a bedroom); and a living room and dining room with furniture. The community of Lumberton can furnish picnic supplies, groceries, fishing licenses, and tackle. Canoe rental equipment and shuttle service are provided by local outfitters. Contact the park for more information.
The park is a “forest” full of cypress swamps; water tupelo, river birch, mayhaw, and yaupon trees; baygalls and blackwater sloughs in the flood plain of the Neches River. Wildlife is also abundant with snapping turtle; white tailed deer; diamond-back water snake; opossum; spring-peeper, cricket, and bull frogs; and nine-banded armadillo. 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 Village Creek with catfish, bass, perch, and panfish.
Note: About 640 acres of the park’s 1,090 acres was impacted by the hurricane, and the park lost 30-80% of the trees in those areas. Therefore, it will take a long time for the forest to recover, even with the help of a reforestation plan that is being drafted.