• 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.

Fees & Reservations

There are no entrance fees or user fees in Big Thicket National Preserve.

Free permits are required for backpacking, overnight river use, and hunting. Visitors must get these permits in person at the Preserve visitor center.

The Preserve issues the Interagency Access Pass free of charge to any U.S. citizen with a permanent disability. This lifetime pass provides free entrance to all federal recreational areas for the lifetime of the holder.

We do not issue the Interagency Senior Pass or Annual Pass. Please go to www.store.usgs.gov/pass for information on these passes, including a list of sites that sell them. You can purchase the lifetime and annual passes by mail through this website for a $10 fee.

Preserve staff provide free resource education programs for school groups. Reservations are required for these programs. Please call 409-951-6700 for information about our educational programs or to make reservations.

Did You Know?

Hunting with Dogs

Big Thicket's Kirby Nature Trail was named after the famous timber tycoon, John Henry Kirby, who had set aside this area for employee hunting and recreation almost 100 years ago.