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 people come to walk, birdwatch, canoe, and kayak.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Get more information about our hours and seasons.
Fees & Passes
Big Thicket is free to visit. We offer 3 types of America the Beautiful passes for qualifying individuals. Learn more.
Get more information about our current conditions, including weather, water levels, park closures, and more.
Permits & Reservations
Certain activities in the park require permits and reservations, such as camping, hunting, commercial use, and research.
Big Thicket is a pet-friendly park. Find out more to have a paws-itive experience.
Last updated: February 22, 2021