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Village Creek State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Lumberton, TX 77657

Village Creek State Park has 1,090 heavily forested acres. Village Creek State Park takes its name from Village Creek, a free flowing stream which rises near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and meanders in a southeasterly direction 69 miles to a junction with the Neches River. Village Creek is an extremely popular flat water, canoe float stream in what remains as the heart and soul of the Old Texas Big Thicket. Rainfall is abundant and the banks of Village Creek flood severely every 3 or 4 years. Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, nature study, and bird watching.

Official Website: Village Creek State Park

Poinsett State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Wedgefield, SC 29168

The serene setting offers camping, a fishing pond with coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and clean, rustic cabins high atop a hill where often the only sound is the breeze through the trees

Official Website: Poinsett State Park

Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve Hiking Fishing

Hartsville, SC 29550

Official Website: Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve