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.

A group of volunteers in a forest of pine trees.

Support your park this centennial year!

Learn about volunteer initiatives to celebrate the NPS Centennial in Big Thicket National Preserve.

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


(409) 951-6800

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