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.

2 hikers walk on a wide dirt trail in the forest.


Nearly 40 miles of trails lead hikers through the varied landscapes of the Big Thicket.

A group of canoeists paddle in canoes on a wide waterway, while wearing orange life jackets.


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

two people setting up a tent in the woods

Backcountry Camping

Grab your gear and spend a night in the woods or on a riverside sandbar.

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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.

An iron bridge above a muddy creek, with many trees along its banks

Places to Go

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

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Hunting & Trapping

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

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Get Involved

It takes a community to care for the park, and everyone's invited to lend a hand!

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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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Park History

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

Last updated: September 20, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze , TX 77625



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