a red and white mountain bike standing in the middle of a dirt trail in the woods
The Big Sandy Trail has a mix of sunny and shaded sections.

NPS Photo / Scott Sharaga

Bike the Big Thicket

Big Thicket National Preserve has a few options for people wanting to ride a bike in the park:

  • Big Sandy Trail – This 18-mile roundtrip trail follows old logging roads through the Big Sandy Creek Unit. It's the only dirt trail in the preserve that allows bicycles (see link below for more information).
  • Kountze Hike & Bike Trail – This paved path parallels US 69/287 but is hidden from the highway for most of its length. It runs for 7 miles from Villa Road in Kountze to the Big Thicket Visitor Center on FM 420.
  • Park Roads – All public roads in the preserve allow biking, whether they're paved or unpaved. Some dirt roads may be impassable after heavy rains. Recommended dirt roads to ride are Lily Road (Big Sandy Creek Unit), Teel Road & Cotten Road (Lance Rosier Unit).


The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 hp).

E-bikes are allowed in Big Thicket National Preserve where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.

Read more about e-bikes in the national parks


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    Last updated: May 22, 2021

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