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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:

Iron Bridge Closure on Turkey Creek Trail

The iron bridge on the Turkey Creek Trail, adjacent to the Sandhill Loop, is closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The bridge is currently undergoing repairs. Contact us for updates.

The Kirby Nature and Sandhill Loop trails are open but hikers cannot hike from Kirby to Sandhill (or vice versa) at this time. The Turkey Creek Trail is open for 13 miles between FM 1943 and Sandhill Loop, and 0.8 miles between the Kirby Nature Trail and the closed Turkey Creek Bridge. 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: March 5, 2023

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Kountze, TX 77625



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