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Little Cypress Creek Preserve: Wildlife Habitat in Cypress, TX

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Little Cypress Creek Preserve

Little Cypress Creek Preserve

A Natural Oasis Amid Urban Development

It is refreshing to find patches of land kept from urban development and left in a mostly natural state. Such is the case with the 58-acres Little Cypress Creek Preserve. Residential neighborhoods do surround this nature preserve, but unless one is walking along the perimeter of the preserve, it is easy to feel far removed from the urban sprawl.

 Preserve Marker

Preserve Marker

What to Know Before Visiting

  • The address is Telge Road and 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.
  • The 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.

Wildlife in the Little Cypress Creek Preserve

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.

Wetland Habitat

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. 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.

Trails

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.

Urban Escape

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.

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

— E. O. Wilson

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Little Cypress Creek Preserve

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

We certainly do have a significant number of enticing places to go hiking in our area. It makes it fun to visit different types of sites.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2020:

This beautiful place is the type of place I’d go walking. I love to go on nature hikes with my family. You’re fortunate to have this in Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Carol,

Houston and the surrounding areas are truly green and verdant. It is nice to know that you enjoyed living here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Snakes are a part of life if in wilderness areas in Texas. My only consolation is that they generally like to avoid encounters just as much as we do.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Bill,

So glad to know that you enjoyed this park from a virtual perspective. We do have so many wonderful things in our part of the Houston metro area.

Carol Stanley on April 07, 2020:

I almost forgot how beautiful the Houston area is. I used to say when were lived there that it is the city of neighborhoods. No matter how modest the neighborhood it was always beautiful with lots of trees and plants. We lived there for almost 10 years and loved it. I loved my business and just loved living in the green city. Thanks for sharing this.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 07, 2020:

I'm with Bill, so many inviting places to visit in Texas. When you mentioned snakes in the wetlands, I said, " self you ' ain't ' gonna go there, " lol another interesting article.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 07, 2020:

I feel like I am getting a virtual tour of Texas. You have such a great combination of culture, arts, and nature in your area. This is just the kind of park that we seek out when we travel.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I am pleased that you like what you see so far about our area in Texas. Thanks for your views and comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 07, 2020:

You and your writings have brought Texas to life for me, and for that I thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2020:

Hi Rachelle,

Welcome to Texas when you make your move. Austin is a great city! Enjoy!

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on April 06, 2020:

Peggy, I really love your profiles. I wish you lived in Austin, TX, because I'm moving there in less than a year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2020:

Thanks, Liz. I hope that they take advantage of your well-written article!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 06, 2020:

What a lovely oasis. Your photos are excellent. I appreciated your helpful tips.