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A Convergence of Ecosystems Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.

hiking
7 days ago

it was an awesome trail with awesome scenery... well marked and the trail was very nice... I took my 7 year old son!!! will definitely be back to do it again

Hiked the length of the trail today. It was very peaceful, didn't see another person out there all day. For a solitude I give it 5 stars; you might as well be in your own world out there. For maintenance though, I would give it 3 stars, as someone stated earlier, the trailhead is nicely maintained, but the trails not so much. This really doesn't bother me too much just shows how little the trail there is utilized. The thing that did bother me though was the complete lack of signage. With no blazes or markers of any type, at times the trail can be confusing. The map that is provided is for the horse trail out there and does not even show the actual hiker path. I finished up on the trail early and stopped by the big thicket visitors center to ask about the lack of signage, thinking maybe much of it was lost due to flooding from Harvey. When I asked about It, the ranger on duty sheepishly told me that there really had never been any and that this trail is the least of the maintained in the big thicket system. He did say it was on the to do list of the park though...
All in all though, it is a great hike that takes you through some beautiful landscape and provides plenty of solitude and a chance to recharge the batteries after a crazy hetic week. I will definitely be back...

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

this trail is great. I can not count the times I have hiked it and camped on the creek. Not recommended in summer as ticks and chiggers are rampant. fall, winter, and spring are great. Great day hike. seen hogs, snakes, deer, ect....

Thoroughly enjoyed the village creek trail today. It starts with a great bunch of picnic tables nestled under the forest canopy and meanders along the creek! You can even swim at the end of this trail. Lots of benches skinny the way, and even a covered area close to the end of trail! I'll be back to explore the other trails another time as the rain set in! Nice paths. Clean. Minor wash outs in some areas. Overall a welcoming little hidden treasure of south east Texas!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Mosquitos and deer flies and a lot of mud. Be careful not to go anywhere from 2 weeks after a rain.

hiking
6 months ago

Wear bug spray as there are an insane amount of mosquitos. Unfortunately bug spray won't do a great job of keeping the deer flies away from your ankles and calves. Expect plenty of deer fly bites.

backpacking
6 months ago