There are no developed campgrounds or designated campsites in the preserve. However, people may backpack into many areas or camp on sandbars along the Neches River and Village Creek. There is no road or hiking access to sandbars; these are accessible only by boat.
Permits are required for camping in the preserve. These are free and must be obtained in person at the visitor center within 7 days of the start of the trip. Campers must call the visitor center at the completion of their trip to check out. Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 for more information on camping.
Camping LocationsCamping is permitted year-round in the Turkey Creek Unit, the Canyonlands Unit, and along the Woodlands Trail, as well as on sandbars along Village Creek and the Neches River, including those in the Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit. It is permitted throughout the Beaumont Unit, Big Sandy Creek Unit, Beech Creek Unit, Lance Rosier Unit, and Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit outside of hunting season, which generally runs October through February.
Camping is prohibited in some areas of the preserve. These include:
A campfire can enhance your camping experience, but if not properly tended and fully extinguished, it can lead to catastrophic and deadly consequences. Please follow these guidelines for campfire safety.
Last updated: March 14, 2019