COVID-19 Updates at Big Thicket

This information is subject to change. Check back often for updates. Latest update: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Big Thicket National Preserve is open. We understand the need for people to be able to enjoy the outdoors during this uncertain time. Please recreate responsibly and maintain your distance from others.


What's Open?

  • Visitor Center – The visitor center is open with modified operations. Only 10 visitors are allowed inside the building, for a limited amount of time.
  • Trails All trails are open. (The bridge over Turkey Creek next to the Sandhill Loop is still closed.)
  • Day-Use Areas – Boat launches, river access points, and day-use areas are open around the preserve.
  • Waterways – The preserve's rivers and creeks are open for paddling, boating, and fishing.
  • Backcountry Camping – Pick up a free camping permit at the visitor center or call us at (409) 951-6700. Permits issued over the phone will be mailed to the requesting party.
  • Hunting Permits – Pick up a free hunting permit at the visitor center or call us at (409) 951-6700. Permits issued over the phone will be mailed to hunters. You will need to provide your Texas hunting license customer number.
  • Restrooms All restrooms and vault toilets around the preserve, including those at the visitor center and trailheads, are now open.

What's Closed or Cancelled?

  • Ranger-led Programs – All ranger-led activities, such as paddle trips and bird walks, are cancelled until further notice.
  • Park Film – Due to health concerns, the park film in the visitor center theater will not be shown at this time.
set of 4 social distancing stickers. text: please keep a safe distance. 6 feet. the distance a bullfrog can jump. the length of a kayak paddle. about 3 times the height of a roadrunner. the length of a black bear.
Can you jump farther than a bullfrog?



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Read more about the National Park Service's response to COVID-19.


Last updated: November 18, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


(409) 951-6700

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