Little Cypress Creek Preserve: Wildlife Habitat Worth Visiting
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Natural Oasis amid Urban Development
It is refreshing to find patches of land kept from urban development and left in a mostly natural state. This is the case with the 58 acres of the Little Cypress Creek Preserve. Residential neighborhoods do surround this nature preserve. Unless one is walking along the perimeter of the preserve, it is easy to feel far removed from urban sprawl suddenly.
What to Know Before Visiting
- The address is Telge Road @ Spring Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77429. The parking lot is on Telge Road just north of Spring Cypress Road on the left if heading north.
- Admission is free.
- No water fountains are provided so carry water with you.
- A porta potty is provided near the parking lot.
- Bug repellent is recommended as much of the preserve is quite heavily forested.
- Wear good walking shoes to navigate the dirt trails.
- Dogs are allowed but should be kept on a leash.
- No boating or swimming is allowed.
- Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for a few holidays.
Bayou Land Conservancy
There is a sign posted at a rustic outdoor classroom which has the following written upon it:
“Bayou Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement over this property. Together, the landowner and Bayou Land Conservancy preserve the land’s wildlife habitat and scenic value forever.”
The goal of the Bayou Land Conservancy is to “preserve land along streams for flood control, clean water, and wildlife.”
Volunteerism at its Best!
The official opening was in March of 2005. Some land was cleared, trees planted, benches built, signposts along the trail installed, a bird blind erected and bat boxes built.
Many volunteer hours were involved. A couple of Eagle Scouts built the bird blind and amphitheater-style seating. You can read about that here.
Over 100 species of birds are attracted to this area. Among them are some of the following: Cooper’s Hawk, Turkey Vulture, White Ibis, Northern Cardinal, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse, Great Egret, Mourning Dove, Eastern Bluebird, and Blue Jay among others.
One can expect to see spiders and insects as well as amphibians and reptiles. Mammals which might be spotted include the armadillo, white-tailed deer, and common raccoon.
The dirt trails can get a bit muddy at times depending upon rainfall amounts.
Ten human-made ponds have been created in this preserve to form a wetland habitat. Those shallow ponds are scenic and great for birdwatching and photography.
I had fun taking photos in this area of the preserve. Some of the reflections in the water remind me of some impressionist painting landscapes.
At one point along the 1.7-mile loop trail within the wooded area of the preserve, views of Little Cypress Creek become apparent. Hikers can extend their hike for four-plus miles adjacent to the creek and along the back of houses. That part of the loop trail is unshaded.
If you are looking for an urban escape that is still quite wild, head on over to the Little Cypress Creek Preserve. Soak up some nature amid a metropolitan area.
We were a couple of solitary hikers on the day of our visit. Even though we saw several cars in the parking lot, we met no others on the trail. It was relaxing and peaceful. It is probably busier on the days when bikers and horseback riders are taking advantage of this spot.
A couple of nearby parks you might wish to visit are the following:
A more significant and much more developed preserve in the same Harris County Precinct, four areas with paved trails and a lake where boaters and kayakers can have some fun, is the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve.