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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50th Anniversary

Big Thicket National Preserve is turning 50 in 2024 and you're invited to celebrate with us!

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

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Backcountry Camping

Backpack into the Big Thicket and camp in the woods or along a riverside sandbar.

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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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Places to Go

Learn about the different places to explore in Big Thicket National Preserve.

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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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Over 300 species of birds have been documented in Big Thicket!

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Park History

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

Last updated: February 25, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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