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. Read More

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Status Updates

Check here to see what's open or closed in the preserve.

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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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Help take care of your park! Check out the different volunteer opportunities at Big Thicket.

Last updated: February 14, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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