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Little Cypress Creek Preserve: Wildlife Habitat Worth Visiting

Little Cypress Creek Preserve
Posted: August 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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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 natural state 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.

Little Cypress Creek Preserve Marker

Little Cypress Creek Preserve Marker

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 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 if kept on a leash.
  • No boating or swimming is allowed.
  • Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for a few holidays.
Little Cypress Creek Preserve Trail

Little Cypress Creek Preserve Trail

Forested areas

Forested areas

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.”

Wildflower

Wildflower

Looking across at the outdoor classroom

Looking across at the outdoor classroom

Outdoor classroom

Outdoor classroom

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Dandelion gone to seed

Dandelion in seed form

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.

Pretty leaf on the ground

Pretty leaf on the ground

Benches

Benches

Bird blind

Bird blind

View looking out from bird blind

View looking out from bird blind

Moss

Moss

Wildlife

Over 100 species of birds come 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 can include the armadillo, white-tailed deer, and common raccoon.

Wild berries

Wild berries

Rustic Trail

Rustic Trail

Spiderweb

Spiderweb

Rustic Trail

Rustic Trail

Trail

Trail

The dirt trails can get a bit muddy at times depending upon rainfall amounts.

Ten human-made ponds are in this preserve which forms a wetland habitat. Those shallow ponds are scenic and great for birdwatching and photography.

View of ponds

View of ponds

View of ponds

View of ponds

Trails

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 in the open and can be sunny.

View of Cypress Creek

View of Cypress Creek

View of Cypress Creek

View of Cypress Creek

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.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflower

Wildflower

Nearby Parks

A couple of nearby parks you might wish to visit are the following:

Bud Hadfield Park where disc golf is played and Telge Park that has a delightful children’s play area and hiking opportunities along Cypress Creek in a vast wooded area.

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.

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