Beaumont Unit

a person in a kayak enjoys the view of the bayou and forest
Explore the Beaumont Unit's waterways with a kayak or canoe.

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14,344 acres
Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties



  • Paddling
  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Backcountry camping (March-September)
  • Hunting (October-February)
  • Picnic areas


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 Beaumont Unit does not have hiking trails. As with most of the preserve, hikers are welcome to explore off-trail.

Backcountry camping is allowed in the Beaumont Unit during spring and summer. In fall and winter, hunting is permitted in certain areas. Both activities require a free permit from the visitor center in Kountze.



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.

Plant communities found here include floodplain and cypress slough. Look for bald cypress and accompanying cypress knees along the slow-moving waterways.


Day-Use Areas

Several day-use areas provide access to the Beaumont Unit. Enjoy a variety of activities here, including paddling, fishing, birdwatching, boating, and more.

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    Paddling Trails

    The Beaumont Unit features two Texas Paddling Trails:

    • Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail (4.8-mile loop)
    • Collier's Ferry to Lake Bayou Paddling Trail (7 miles roundtrip)



    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.

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    Fall foliage in the Beaumont Unit

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      Last updated: August 22, 2021

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      6044 FM 420
      Kountze, TX 77625



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