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COVID-19 Status Updates

Visit our COVID-19 status page to get the latest information on the preserve's status.

Water Levels

Use the links below to check the water level on Big Thicket's major waterways:


Closures are in effect for the following areas of Big Thicket National Preserve:

Short Section of Turkey Creek Trail

Approximately 0.8 miles of the Turkey Creek Trail are closed due to damage to 2 bridges between the Kirby Nature and Sandhill Loop trails. Both of those trails are fully open, but hikers cannot hike from Kirby to Sandhill or vice versa. The iron footbridge over Turkey Creek (next to Sandhill) was damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The wooden bridge just north of Village Creek was destroyed during flooding in 2021. Both bridges are in the process of being repaired. Contact us for updates.

The Turkey Creek Trail is open for 13 miles between FM 1943 and Sandhill Loop. Get trail maps and directions »

Lakeview Day-Use Area

Vehicle access is restricted at Lakeview Day-Use Area, AKA Lakeview Sandbar, due to community safety concerns. Vehicles are no longer allowed to drive on the sandbar. Foot traffic is still allowed.


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Last updated: June 19, 2022

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Kountze , TX 77625



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