A Convergence of Ecosystems

Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats meet in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature. Read More

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Nearly 40 miles of trails lead hikers through the forested wonders of the Big Thicket.

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Creeks, bayous, and the Neches River provide miles of peaceful paddling and great opportunities to see wildlife.

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Backcountry Camping

Grab your gear and spend a night in the woods or on a riverside sandbar.

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Ranger Programs & Events

From nature walks to canoe trips, park rangers are here to help you explore and learn about the Big Thicket.

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Places to Go

Learn about the units of Big Thicket National Preserve and the things to do in each.

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Hunting & Trapping

Get more info on hunting, including how to get your free permit.

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Get Involved

It takes a community to care for the park, and everyone's invited to lend a hand!

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Learn about the animals, plants, and fungi that make their home in the biologically diverse Big Thicket.

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Park History

Learn about the Big Thicket's industrious past and how the preserve was established.

Last updated: December 28, 2022

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6044 FM 420
Kountze , TX 77625



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