There are nine residential villages and two commercial areas in The Woodlands. The villages include Alden Bridge, Carlton Woods, Cochran’s Crossing, College Park, Creekside Park, Grogan’s Mill, Indian Springs, Panther Creek and Sterling Ridge. Town Center and the Research Forest are the major centers for commerce in the community. Each village is like its own small town, with easy access to parks, pathways, playgrounds, schools, places of worship and shopping. There are six village shopping centers – Alden Bridge, Cochran’s Crossing, Grogan’s Mill, Indian Springs, Panther Creek and Sterling Ridge – that include The Woodlands Mall, Market Street and the Pinecroft Center are located in Town Center. Larger retailers are also located in College Park Shopping Center at I-45 and College Park Drive and Terramont Shopping Center at Woodlands Parkway and FM 2978.
Grogan’s Mill, the gateway to The Woodlands and first of the villages, was named after the original Grogan/Cochran Lumber Mill that was once located on the property. The land that had been timber production since the late 1800’s yielded to the new community’s progress in October 1974. The village opened with a celebratory flag rising and guest appearance by William Shatner who starred as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. There are approximately 5,195 homes and 13,500 residents who call Grogan’s mill home. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, along with three distinctive gold courses, The Oaks, Panther Trail and The Woodlands Country Club’s Tournament Course help make up this village.
Neighborhoods in Grogan’s Mill: Autumnwood, Bristol Gate, Champion Lake, Edenbrook, Glen Mill, Grogan’s Point, High Oaks, Millbend Forest, Millbend Village, Millgrove, Mossrock, Rolling Links, Royal Fern, Sawmill Woods, Star Fern, Tall Forest, Tamarac Woods, The Retreat, Timbertop, Wilding Estates, Windwood.
Unveiled in 1977, the village of Panther Creek is home to more than 5,000 homes and 13,860 people. An actual creek – Panther Creek – runs through the village which borders the west shore of Lake Woodlands, and includes several waterfront neighborhoods, along with two waterfront parks. Northshore Park features public picnic areas, a public ramp for non-motorized boats and a venue for musical entertainment. Southshore Park includes an observation platform for views of 200-acre Lake Woodlands, surrounding neighborhoods and an up-close look at the Rise of Midgard Serpent (more commonly referred to as “the dragon”) which was gifted by Cynthia Woods Mitchell in celebration of the opening of the lake.
Neighborhoods in Panther Creek: Clover Park, Creek Pines, Creek Ridge, Creek Side, Creekwood, Dell Forest, Dunlin Meadow, Enclave on The Cove, Fairmeade, Fallshire, Havenridge, Herald Oaks, Hickory Oaks, Hidden Lake, Lakemist Harbor, Pebble Hollow, Pinyon Pine, Shadow Creek, Split Rock, The cove, The Pointe, Vista Cove, Wedgewood Estates, Wedgewood Forest, West Isle, Windward Cove.
Named after the Cochran family who were co-founders of the Grogan and Cochran lumber mills, Cochran’s Crossing hosts a number of key events during the year, including The Woodlands Wildflower Festival in the fall. home of The Woodlands High School and The Woodlands Country Club’s Arnold Palmer golf course, this village has approximately 5,110 homes and 16,000 residents. Bear Branch Sports Fields and the expanded Bear Branch Park are nestled in this heavily wooded village. The park includes two newly upgraded dog parks, illuminated tennis courts, half pipe, skate board/trick bike ramps, pool, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, picnic areas, and more.
Neighborhoods in Cochran’s Crossing: Amberglow, Bridgeberry, Capstone, Castlegreen, Chancery Place, Copper Sage, Copperknoll, Forrest Ridge, Golden Sage, Havenpoint, Hayden’s Run, Hollymead, Lyric Arbor, Meadowmist, Mystic Lake, Palmer Bend, Palmer Crest, Palmer Point, Palmer Woods, Shadowlake, Shadowpoint, Silvershire, Somerset, Stone Springs, Summerstorm, Trillium, Turnstone, Waterford Bend, Wedgemere, Wyndspire.
The discovery of indian artifacts from the Bidai tribe of Atakapan Indians led to this Village’s unique name. In the early eighteenth century, the Bidai ranged across most of the land that was to become Montgomery County, but by 1850 virtually no trace of the tribe remained – until the artifacts were unearthed in 1984. This secluded village now consists of more than 2,100 homes and 6,345 residents. This is the only village featuring hilly terrain – perfect for the athlete in training. The John cooper School, a private college preparatory academy for grades K-12 is located in this village, as well as the Interfaith Child Development Center.
Neighborhoods in Indian Springs: Altwood, Cascade Canyon, Chandler Creek, Dove Trace, Eagle Rock, Hazelcrest, Heritage Hill, Hunters Crossing, Idlewood, Indigo Sky, Lansdowne, Legacy Point, Lenox Hill, Mirror Ridge, Peaceful Canyon, Piper Trace, Rushaven, Shawnee Ridge, Stellar Point, Teal Briar, Trace Creek.
Situated between FM 2978 and FM 1488, Alden Bridge is one of the largest villages of The Woodlands, and has more than 21,000 residents and 7,000 homes. When the village opened in 1994, Roger Galatas was the president of The Woodlands Operating Company and the village was named after his hometown of Alden Bridge, Louisiana. The village spans a variety of home styles and contains two robust shopping centers. One side of the village actually borders Jones State Forest, a 1,725-acre birdwatcher’s haven and home to more than 150 species of birds including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. This is a great place to hike or take your horse for a day on the trails.
Neighborhoods in Alden Bridge: Acaia Park, Alden Trace, Alderon Woods, Ashley Green, Auburn Place, Autumn Branch, Avonlea Court, Benton Woods, Bethany Bend, Bluff Creek, Brooksedge, Camellia Grove, Canopy Oaks, Cedar Grove, Clingstone, Clovergate, Cottage Green, Cottage Grove, Cypress Lake, Deepdale, Eagle Mead, Elm Crescent, Alm Grove, Evangeline Oaks, Fairbranch, Foxbriar, Glen Erin, Glentrace, Goldenvine, Granite Ridge, Green Gable, Greenhill Terrace, Greenvine, Harvest Wind, Hawthorne Hollow, Hidden Meadow, Hollylaurel, Jasmine bend, Larkwood, Laurelhurst, Linton Ridge, Maple Glade, Marlberry Branch, Meadowbrook, Millport, Noble Bend, Orchard Pines, Pinery Ridge, Pipers Green, Pleasant Hill, Plum Crest, Russet Grove, Sandalbranch, Sienna Bend, Silver Woods, Slatestone, Spring Hill, Sterling Pond, Stockbridge Landing, Summerhaze, Summerlyn Lane, Summerlyn Waye, Sundance, Sundance Falls, Taylor Point, terradale, Truberry Bend, Valley Oak, Veranda Ridge, Villa Oaks, Walden Elms, Webb Creek, Westwinds, Whistlers Bend, Wildflower Trace, Willow Point, Windvale Park, Wintergreen Trail, Wynnoak.
The village of Sterling ridge was opened during the Woodland’s 25th Anniversary year, and was named in the honor of the occasion. Situated in the heart of The Woodlands, Sterling Ridge is home to the 18-hole Gary Player Signature Championship golf course, designed by the legend himself. The village has 8,858 residents and 3,360 homes. The parksi n Sterling Ridge are also among the newest. Cranebrooke Park, Terramont Park, Carlton Woods Park and Artist Grove Park feature many outstanding recreational amenities. Cranebrook has a fun water park, Terramont has a Frisbee golf course, skateboarding and ‘bark’ park and Carlton Woods features a pond with pop fountains.
Neighborhoods in Sterling Ridge: Abram Woods, Archwyck, Artist Grove, Ashbury Square, Batnam Woods, Bardsbrook, Bonny Branch, Bryce Branch, Burberry Park, Cardinal Point, Carmeline, Chantsong, Columbia Crest, Degas Park, Dulcet Hollow, French Oak, Frontera, Galway, Garnet Bend, Gary Glen, Knightsgate, Ledgestone, Marquis Oaks, Millsap, Nocturne Woods, Old Sterling, Oriel Oaks, Pendleton Park, Pepperdale, Player Bend, Player Point, Player Woods, Queenscliff, Regan Mead, Regan Mead Way, Rembrandt Way, Rhapsody Bend, Scribewood, Seasons Trace, Shale Creek, Silvermont, Southern Garden, Spindle Tree, Spruce Canyon, St. Peter’s Gate, Star Ridge, Sterling Pointe, Strawberry Canyon, Terrace Mill, Veilwood, Vanterra, Winsome Path, Winterra, Wyckham.
This village is named after two prominent educational facilities – Lone Star College, a junior college campus formerly operating under the name Montgomery College, and the University Center, which offer bachelor and master’s degree plans in cooperation with six major Texas Universities. The opening of College Park validated The Woodlands as a place of higher learning, adding to the diversity of the community. College Park incorporates the neighborhoods of Harper’s Landing and Windsor Hills, and boasts a population of 3,367 residents living in 1,200 homes.
Neighborhoods in College Park: Avalon Oaks, Cantwell Woods, Dulcimer Woods, Harpers Landing, Mason Pond, Prosewood, Tapestry Trail, Tiffany Green, Turret Hill, Twinvale, Windsor Hills, Windsor Lakes
the ninth and largest village at 3,492 acres, Creekside Park opened in Ocotber of 2007. Designed with an emphasis on outdoor recreation and communing with nature, the village includes 1,850 acres of parklands. these unclude the 1,700-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve, named in honor of The Woodland’s founder, George Mitchell; and 20-acre Rob Fleming Park, named for the late Rob Fleming, Texas Parks & Wildlife naturalist and illustrator. The George Mitchell Nature Preserve features seven miles of frontage along Spring Creek, and is part of the Spring Creek Greenway Project, an initiative of Montgomery and Harris County to amass 33 miles of Spring Creek frontage for a regional nature trail system.
The Rob Fleming Aquatic Center opened in June of 2008 in Creekside Park. The largest community pool complex in the Woodlands, Rob Fleming Aquatic Center includes a two-story flume slide for tubing; a Lazy River; three-lane lap pool; and free-form poo with an interactive aquatic play structure.
A new YMCA, Tomball ISD schools and a village shopping center are also planned for the near future. When Creekside Park is completed it will be home to approximately 7,000 families.
Neighborhoods in Creekside Park: Arrow canyon, Paloma Point, Tuncia Pass, Wilde Creek.
Carlton Woods is a private, gated community encompassing two distinctive enclaves. The 827-acre community of Carlton Woods surrounds the Jack Nicklaus Signature gold course and is adjacent to the Village of Sterling Ridge. The 500-acre community of Carlton Woods Creekside borders the Tom Fazio Championship golf course adjacent to the Village of Creekside Park. The main clubhouse, an Italianate-styled 53,000-square-foot amenity, is located in Carlton Woods, and a second clubhouse 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is located in Carlton Woods Creekside. The Club at Carlton Woods is ranked among the top 100 private clubs in the country by Golf Connoisseur magazine, and both golf courses have received numerous accolades.
Neighborhoods in Carlton Woods: Cartouche, Electra, Kingscote, Maymont, Netherfield, Norlund, Palmiera, Pemberly, Philbrooke, Provence.
Neighborhoods in Carlton Woods Creekside: North Fazio, South Fazio, Mediterra, Wollaston, Berley Hall, Bay Cliffe, Maroon Creek, Congressional, Estancia, Jonathon Landing, Thorn Blade.
The Thriving downtown of The Woodlands has fast become a regional favorite with more than 250 stores and 60 restaurants – attracting an estimated 20 million visitors a year. At the forefront is The Woodlands Waterway along with more than 6 million square feet of commercial and retail business. The Waterway is a 1.4-mile long linear park and transportation corridor that links the businesses, shopping, dining, urban living and entertainment venues in Town Center. Water Taxis and trolleys enhance the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Urban residences like brownstones and lofts, the 1.3 million square-foot The Woodlands Mall, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion performing arts venue with seating for 17,000 people, more than 2,000 hotel rooms, and the 34-acre Market Street for shopping, dining, and community events make this one of the most unique places in the world.
Town Center includes The Woodlands Mall, Market Street, Pinecroft Center, and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Parks in Town Center area include Town Green Park, The Woodlands Waterway, Evergreen, and Market Street’s Central Park.
Conveniently located near The Woodlands Waterway and its shopping, dining and entertainment venues, this 260-acre enclave is the “Garden District” of Town Center Custom homes, townhomes, brownstones and condominiums rendered in classic architectural styles, enhanced by garden parks, street trees, ornamental lighting and a planned private Boat House, add to the pedestrian-friendly, sophisticated ambiance of East Shore.