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Village Creek

Average Rating:    (2.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Pretty much flat with a few dry stream crossings. Probably the best you'll find in the Beaumont area. Stay away from the waterloo trail, there's a lot of sand.
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Latitude
30.265908
Longitude
-94.199786
Trail Directions
Take interstate 69 to village creek/Lumberton exit. Follow signs.
Trail Length
4.5 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lumberton
   


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Review Date
March 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Casey ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I had to go to Houston and Beaumont for a few days on business, so I took my single speed along to play at what's left of my old stomping grounds; Ho Chi at Memorial Park.

While on the Beaumont part of my trip, I elected to stay at Village Creek State Park (I prefer a sleeping bag and campfire over hotels, when practical). Since I had a bike with me and some spare time, I decided to explore the trails, even though the area didn't look too promising... and what I found was about what I expected. Unfortunately some sections of some of the trails were under water, or partially blocked by high water: Village Slough outer loop, Yaupon loop, Village Creek and Tupelo. Flat and wide were the theme, with some sandy sections and the occasional group of small roots. The most entertaining (using the term loosely) was the 1/2 mi fitness loop, if you ride it fast enough. In reality, the most use my bike got was the trip to and from my walk-in campsite.

I would say if you have young kids, the trails are great, therefore it gets 2 stars instead of 1, otherwise replace the bike on the roof rack with a kayak (wish I had brought mine).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing that I know of... closest recommended are:
Ho Chi Minh (Memorial Park, Houston)
Anthills (Hershey Park, Houston)
Cypresswood (Spring-ish)
Huntsville State Park
Double Lake (Coldspring)



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Review Date
July 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rayburn30 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
All the trails are suited for beginner riders. They rage from easy riding to slightly challaning for beginners. The Villiage Creek trail is 75% sand and over all not worth the ride unless you just like trudging through sand to get your work out. The Tupelo trail is pretty nice with small rolling bumps. The bad part is you have to go through some of the sandy Village creek trail to get to it. The Water Oak trail is a wide trail that is easy going and almost flat. It leads to the Yaupon loop which utilizes part of a pipeline for the loop. I saw more wild like out in this area. The Village Slough outter loop was similar to the Tupelo trail as well as the inner loop. One of the most enjoyable is the Bicycle/Fitness trail in conjunction with the Village slough trails.

Recommended Route:
Park at the bathroom and ride to the trails not far away so when you come back you can take a shower before getting back in your vehicle. I suggest the Bicycle/Fitness trail and the Village slough trails for more technical begginer riding and the Water Oak trail for easy cruising. Note all these trais will turn to much if it rains a lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North section of Turky creek in Warren. There are some old Dirt bike trails near Sandy creek park at lake Rayburn as well.



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Review Date
September 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: soccerdude ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I decided to go to Village Creek State Park as we heard there was a nice swimming spot there plus a few trails to ride on. The swimming area was a long one mile hike from the parking lot but was much better than expected. A nice slow creek that goes as deep as 7 feet and has a very nice sand beach area. The bike trails I hate to say are not worth the effort. The first trail I rode was the Water Slogh trail and it's a wide jeep trail with deep tire ruts. Most of the trail is loose soil or sand with zero elevation change. The scenery is nice as there is a bever swamp and some nice tall trees but this trail just isn't fun at all. Just scenic. The Village Creek trail is doubletrack that leads from the parking lot to the swimming area and is nearly 100% thick sand. I mean THICK like a playground sandbox sand. There are a few large whoop-ti-do's but most of them are filled with this thick sand and they're impossible to ride through much less climb out of. A few sections of the trail are ridable but they're all less than 30 yards long so you're constantly getting off your bike to hike thru the sand. The closest thing to an actual mountain bike trail is the Tupelo trail. It's mostly doubletrack with no real elevation change and lots of ground clutter plus quite a few vines with very sharp needles. A couple got hold of me and dug deep enough to bleed. It would be a nice trail to ride if there wasn't so much debris on the ground. I had to stop quite a few times to pull small sticks out of my spokes and rear derailleur. At less than a mile in lenght the 'fun' ran out fast. I understand that this might be the only place to ride in the area but I would highly recommend driving an hour to Double Lake for a much better trail and a nice swim. I would not drive a long distance to ride at this park but highly recommend it for the nice swimming area or for some short hikes. It has potential for someone to build a serious bike trail out there as there are plenty of dry creek crossing and whoop-ti-do's.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Double Lake Recreation Area



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Review Date
April 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SETexasMTB ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are several miles of trails that run through the park. Some pass by swaps and some are through the sand. You can stop and usually you are the only one in the middle of nowhere. Most of the trails are through the dense woods. For this area it's pretty good.

Recommended Route:
I like the Village Creek Trail the best. It travels near the banks of Village Creek and ends up at white sand beaches of Willard Lake. You can then take the Tupelo Trail on the way back. This passes by some pretty cool swamps. There are some hills where streams have been that makes things more interesting. You can also take the Water Oak Trail. This passes by a beaver swamp and there is a sign pointing to the largest River Birch tree in Texas. The bad things I will say is that during the rainy season some of these areas will get flooded and take weeks to dry out. However during the drier summer months the trails are nice.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big Thicket National Preserve.



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Review Date
May 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Wade T. , from Beaumont, Texas

Summary:
Overall, the trails are mostly flat with a few dry creek beds and roots to add some fun. Scenery is great, but watch out for a few sandy spots, the park ranger will tell you where they are. There is one trail, however; which is lots of fun for the beginner/intermediate crowd. Find the first trail head on your left after you go over the bridge and you have a little less than a mile of some of the funnest single track in the area. Steep slopes into dry creek beds and short, hard climbs up the other side, one right after another, it has lots of big roots thrown in for fun. Take this trail fast and hard and I'll guarantee you some excitement. It is not Moab, but this is Southeast Texas and is just about the best your gonna get around here.

Recommended Route:
Get a map from the Ranger. Most of the trails are decent, watch for the sand. There is a small section of trail to the left of the road after the bridge which is the best in the park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Still looking for those, email me if you found one.



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