• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

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  • Woodlands Trail Closure

    The Woodlands Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed August 19-29 and September 2-12, 2014, while park staff and an AmeriCorps crew apply herbicide to trifoliate orange, an invasive non-native shrub that has become problematic in that area.


There are no developed campgrounds or RV hook-ups in Big Thicket National Preserve.

Visitors may get permits to backpack into certain park units or to camp on sandbars along the park waterways.

Open All Year

409-951- 6700


Campers must get a Backcountry Use Permit to camp in the backcountry. Permits must be obtained in person at the Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Sour Lake Baths

Tourism in the Big Thicket area dates back to 1845. A spa located in Sour Lake, catered to the likes of Sam Houston and sold the "sour" water to tourists