Preserve announces visitor center hours for the holidays

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: November 23, 2015
Contact: Jason A. Ginder, 409-951-6700

Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced today that the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center, located approximately 8 miles north of Kountze, Texas at 6102 FM 420, will be closed on: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015; Friday, December 25, 2015; and Friday, January 1, 2016. All trails, hunting areas, and recreational access points throughout the preserve will remain open. Preserve day-use-areas are open from dawn to dusk. The preserve visitor center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except for January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. For more information, contact Big Thicket National Preserve at 409-951-6700 or visit the preserve website at .

Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas, near the city Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 112,000 acres. 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. 

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube 

The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016 and is using this opportunity to invite a new generation of Americans, and those who already know and love the parks, to discover what national parks and other public lands mean to them through the Find Your Park campaign. To learn more or get involved, visit

Last updated: November 23, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


(409) 951-6800

Contact Us