• 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.

Things To Know Before You Come

Mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks are seasonally common in the Big Thicket, so come prepared with repellent. The nearest stores are 8 miles away in Kountze.

Big Thicket National Preserve allows primitive backpacking but does not have developed campgrounds. There are several private campgrounds and state parks with campgrounds nearby. Click here for a list of local campgrounds.

Did You Know?

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The ivory-billed woodpecker, once considered extinct, was last seen in the Big Thicket in 1967 near the Neches River. Recent sightings in Arkansas give a glimmer of hope for its return.