Village Creek Hike & Swim

photo by Amanda Pond

This week’s field trip was a 2.2 mile hike at Village Creek. If you’ve never been out to Village Creek, you should definitely give them a look-see. Admission is $3.00 per adult (13yrs and older) and free for kids (12 and younger). They have a fantastic pavilion with a small playground and kids hiking trail, and several miles of regular hiking trails.

The swimming area is a 1.1 mile hike along the creek-side, with ups and downs and some lovely hidden pools along the way. We saw tons of beautyberry bushes loaded down with bright purple berries (which we’re told makes delicious jellies and jams and is a natural mosquito repellent – the normal allergy warnings apply if you choose to try this method!!).

We had 4 moms and 7 kids (the littles didn’t make the picture) with us for this trip. We’d planned on having a science lesson as well, but by the time we reached our destination, all anyone could think of was getting in the water. Then, after the trek back to the cars, it was all about replenishing water and air conditioning. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re hiking in Texas in August in 95 degree heat!

Despite the temperature, we had a wonderful (ly exhausting) time, and the kids were already planning our next hike & swim when we were leaving, so I think it’s safe to say that they approved.



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