The Big Sandy Creek Unit is a large piece of parkland in the northwest corner of the Big Thicket region. Trails here provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Big Sandy Trail, 18 miles roundtrip, is the only trail in the preserve open to mountain biking and horseback riding. Adventurous hikers are welcome to camp in the unit’s many acres of backcountry.
Changes in elevation are evident in this corner of the Big Thicket. As you ascend and descend minor hills, notice how the woods change between upland pine forests, beech-magnolia-loblolly slope forests, and floodplain plant communities. This is an area of contrasts, home to wet, muddy cypress sloughs and dry, arid sandylands.
The Big Sandy Creek Unit is south of US 190 and west of US 69/287. The 3 main trailheads are spread across the unit. See the link above for trail maps and directions.