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 varied landscapes of the Big Thicket.

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Big Thicket's waterways offer many miles of scenic paddling routes for kayaks and canoes.

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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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Places to Go

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

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Hunting & Trapping

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

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Photo Contest

What does Big Thicket look like through your lens? Share your favorite photos and you might be featured!

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Preserve Trivia

Two national preserves, Big Cypress and Big Thicket, are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2024! Can you guess which park is which?

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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.

Last updated: June 30, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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