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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.

The best place to start your trip is at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center. Educational displays and a 15-minute orientation film provide information on the cultural and natural history of the area, and preserve staff can help you plan your visit.

a pair of orange/yellow mushrooms growing between green grass
Mushrooms (Amanita jacksonii)

NPS Photo

Operating Hours & Seasons

More detailed information about the preserve's hours.

Fees & Passes

Find out more about the federal passes that you can obtain at the visitor center.

Current Conditions

Here you'll find updates about park closures and other alerts that may affect your trip as well as a local weather forecast.

Permits & Reservations

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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