April 24, 2015
Contact: Jason Ginder
Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announces that rehabilitation work has begun this week and will continue through the summer months to replace outdated boardwalks on the Sundew Hiking Trail.
During this period of work, the back outer loop of the Sundew Trail will not be accessible to visitors. However, throughout the trail rehabilitation period visitors will continue to have access to the 0.3 mile inner loop of the Sundew Trail. We encourage visitors to explore the approximately 40 miles of additional hiking trails in the preserve. Hiking the Kirby Nature Trail, the Woodlands Trail, the Beech Creek Trail, the Beaver Slide Trail and the Turkey Creek Trail offers diverse and unique hiking experiences throughout the many ecotones of the Big Thicket region. For more information about the hiking trails and other recreational opportunities in the preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700.
The outer loop of the Sundew Trail will reopen to visitors when work is completed in the fall of 2015.
Big Thicket National Preserve is in southeast Texas just north of Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 112,000 acres scattered across a 3,500-square-mile area. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.
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