Visit Lake Creek Greenway Just North of The Woodlands
A short distance from The Woodlands, up 2978/Fish Creek, just a stone’s throw south of Woodforest, is a new greenway for enjoying our natural surroundings. Sitting within 530 acres of natural preserve is the 64 acre Lake Creek Greenway; a county preserve currently open to the public. In partnership with some wonderful volunteers and very dedicated Eagle Scout candidates they have worked incredibly hard to develop and maintain a lovely, natural greenway for all to enjoy. The hiking trail is about 1.5 miles of forested wetlands and marsh meandering through a variety of plants and trees with vegetation markers.
Things to Consider:
- The trail head is easy to find, once you know where to go. Heading north on 2978 between The Woodlands and Woodforest, 2978 will turn into Old Honea Egypt, Sandera Ranch Road, and eventually Fishcreek Thoroughfare. Just south of the Golf Club on Sandera Ranch Road you’ll see the first Woodforest stone sign and just before that is an unmarked gravel road on the right. If you pass the Woodforest sign or reach Woodforest Parkway South, you’ve gone too far. Once you turn onto the gravel road, continue about a quarter mile in and the trail head will be on your right. If you get to the Woodforest Thoroughfare, you’ve gone too far. There are small to medium sized signs for the preserve at the trail head.
- Once you get onto the path, you can choose between orange or blue trail markers, each are about a mile and a half. It’s mostly easy hiking with a few steep areas where they’ve been adding steps.
- You’ll notice numbered vegetation markers. These coincide with a field guide on the Lake Creek Website, which you can refer to here.
- Don’t miss the educational signs. They are incredibly detailed, well presented, and offer a great deal of information about the natural surroundings.
- Lake Creek Preserve is located entirely in a floodplain. They’ve done a really nice job of building boardwalks to create a more pleasant hike and to preserve the wetlands, but any recent, prolonged rain would be a sloshy trip to the preserve.
- There are some observation benches and they plan to add more. One bench is high atop the banks of the creek with a marker indicating that if you stay long enough, you may just see the resident alligator!
- This is easy hiking, but there is one section close to the creek where the drop off is abrupt and the hillside is prone to mudslides. Pay attention to warning signs, remind children to stay on the path, and keep them in eyesight.
- This is a preserve and like most places in these parts, feral hogs are on the land. They are nocturnal animals and volunteers who have been up and down that area have only caught glimpses, but it would be wise to make a little noise while you walk so you don’t startle one.
- A paddle trail for canoes and kayaks is currently being developed and they plan to add additional trail benches, viewing platforms with benches, educational signage, and boardwalks. It’s currently a work-in-progress, but so far it’s a beautiful hike and lovely way to view and learn about our natural surroundings.
- As always with hiking in our area, wear bug spray, closed-toed shoes, bring water, and plan accordingly for no restrooms.