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

a winding dirt path through pines and ferns on a sunny morning


With many miles of trails through the woods, hiking is one of the best ways to experience Big Thicket.

2 people at a campsite. 1 person sits in a folding chair while another is sitting in a small tent.

Backcountry Camping

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

a person in a black-red-yellow kayak paddling through a flooded part of the forest


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

park ranger leading a group of people on a trail

Ranger Programs & Events

From nature walks to canoe trips, park rangers are here to help you explore and learn about the Big Thicket.

An iron bridge spanning a murky creek, lined with dark dense woods.

Places to Go

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

A bright green pitcher plant in a grassy field, with an insect's outline inside.

Carnivorous Plants

Big Thicket is home to 4 kinds of carnivorous plants.

A red-headed woodpecker clinging to the side of a dead tree.


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

log cabin in the woods

Park History

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

Last updated: April 23, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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