Exploring the Big Thicket
Big Thicket National Preserve protects 113,114 acres of land and water spread over seven counties in southeast Texas. While public roads connect the units of the preserve, few roads lead into it; the best way to explore and experience this area is by foot or by boat. Approximately 40 miles of hiking trails and countless miles of creeks, bayous, and the Neches River wind through the Big Thicket. Most visitors come to walk, birdwatch, canoe, and kayak.
More detailed information about the preserve's hours.
Find out more about the federal passes that you can obtain at the visitor center.
Here you'll find updates about park closures and other alerts that may affect your trip as well as a local weather forecast.
Certain activities in the preserve require permits.
Bringing your pet with you to Big Thicket? Find out more to have a paws-itive experience.
Last updated: June 12, 2020