Village Creek State Park

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Unrivaled ecological diversity

Trek through Village Creek State Park and encounter life in rare variety. Yucca and prickly pear cactus grow only a short walk from swamps of cypress and tupelo. Wood ducks feed in backwater sloughs as a hooded warbler sings from a nearby tree. From towering longleaf pines to small carnivorous sundews, park life presents a wondrous array of contrasts. 


All trails are hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

List of trails
Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Beechwood Trail 0.1 mi. Easy Travel from the picnic area to the Loblolly and Water Oak trails.
Bike/Fitness Trail 0.5 mi. Moderate Interactive fitness stations are located along the trail for stretching and strength training.
Lil' Paws Nature Trail 0.1 mi. Easy Right off the playground, this short trail is designed with children in mind.
Loblolly Trail 0.1 mi. Easy Cut through to the Water Oak Trail from the main parking lot.
River Birch Trail 0.2 mi.  Easy Use this spur to connect the Village Creek Trail with the Water Oak Trail and see more of the park.
Tupelo Trail 1.6 mi. 
(there and back)
Moderate Access from the Village Creek Trail. You'll leave the shore of the creek and see the bottomland forest and backwater sloughs.
Village Creek Trail 2.2 mi. Challenging Follow beautiful Village Creek and end up at our famous swimming sandbar for a picnic or a dip in the cool water.
Village Slough Outer Loop Trail 1.0 mi. Moderate This trail offers a peaceful stroll along Village Slough then curves into sandy lands featuring longleaf pines and grasses. 
Water Oak Trail 1.7 mi. 
(there and back)
Easy View everything from prickly pear cactus and yucca in the Pine Savanna to cypress and tupelo in the bottomland swamps, all within two miles.
Longleaf Loop 0.9 mi. Moderate New trail that offers up-close view of 37-acre longleaf pine savanna restoration in progress.

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

List of points of interest
Point Latitude Longitude Description
Canoe Launch 30.2553° -94.1710° The canoe launch provides excellent access to the creek for your canoe or kayak.
Sapsucker Tree 30.2550° -94.1694° Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, birds in the woodpecker family, made the holes in this tree. The holes ooze sap that attracts insects eaten by the birds.
Longleaf Pine Savanna Restoration 30.2520° -94.1748° This 37-acre area is being restored to its original longleaf pine with understory of grasses and forbs.

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body loses fluid quickly when you're on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you'll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet. When mountain biking, check with park headquarters to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Check for trail closures. Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns or for other resource management work.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You'll see them more easily if you stay on trails.

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick. Please do not feed them.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Please don't disturb or remove any of the park's plants, animals or artifacts.
  • Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife.
  • We need to know about your caches. Please check with park headquarters before placing geocaches within the park.
  • Use only your muscles. To protect park resources, no motor vehicles are allowed on the trail.