Would you expect to find a wild piece of nature next to a major city? This unit of Big Thicket National Preserve is adjacent to the city of Beaumont. Explore a low-lying expanse of dense forest along the Neches River. Paddle through a slow-moving bayou under a canopy of cypress and tupelo to reach oxbow lakes deep in the woods.
The Neches River and its occasional floods play an important role in this unit's ecosystem. A saltwater barrier separates the river's freshwater from the brackish (salty) water coming up the river from the Gulf of Mexico. The wetlands along the Neches River and Pine Island Bayou provide habitat for a number of birds.
Several day-use areas provide access to the Beaumont Unit. Enjoy a variety of activities here, including paddling, fishing, birdwatching, boating, and more.
The Beaumont Unit features two Texas Paddling Trails:
The Beaumont Unit is northeast of the city of Beaumont, generally along the Neches River corridor. Many roads enter the unit from Beaumont and its surrounding communities. See the park map for more information.
Last updated: August 22, 2021