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 converge 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.

People walking wooden boardwalk through a pine forest.

Hiking in the Big Thicket

Approximately 40 miles of trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, taking hikers through a variety of ecosystems.

Four people in kayaks on a tree-lined creek.

Paddling in the Big Thicket

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

A ranger with a group of adults and children on a boardwalk trail in a forest.

Ranger-led Programs

Learn about the preserve on a ranger-led program! We offer a variety of programs throughout the year.

Two children walking down a boardwalk lined with trees.

The Big Thicket for Kids

Kids can do fun activities to learn about the Big Thicket and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Last updated: November 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


(409) 951-6700

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