The Village Creek & Tupelo Trails | Village Creek State Park


We’re flashing back to February when we went camping at Village Creek State Park.

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Our morning walk along the Village Creek and Tupelo Trails was very quiet. Aside from encountering a few people near the primitive campsite near the trailhead, we found no one else on the trails that morning.

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There were plenty of Nyssa aquatica, tupelo, specimens lining the bayous and bottoms that drained out into Village Creek.

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Village Creek was calm and serene that morning.

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Adjacent to the trail we found a couple of jack-in-the-pulpits!

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The Village Creek trail deadended into the beach at Village Creek. We spent quite a bit of time scouting the edge of the water for mussels.

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I think this one might be a Louisiana fat mucket mussel…but I’m not positive. I was leaning towards Texas fat mucket but its range is central and southwest Texas rivers and creeks, not east Texas.

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Once we were done with our creek explorationswe found the Tupleo Trail that veered off of the Village Creek Trail, forming a horeshoe as it looped back for the Village Creek Trail further towards the trailhead.

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We came across a pretty tupelo slough, reminding us of our time working nearby in the Beaumont Unit of the Big Thicket.

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It’s hard to gauge size on this hollowed out log in this photo, but it was quite large!

I liked that these trails took us through a diversity of habitats all within just a few hundred yards of each other. It kept the hike vibrant and interesting as we ambled through the woods.

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