COVID-19 Updates at Big Thicket

This information is current as of June 5, 2022.

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.


Current Mask Status

Mask requirements at the visitor center are based on the current status of Hardin County, Texas, in the CDC Community Level tool. (Low and Medium: masks optional; High: masks required)

What's Open?

  • Visitor Center – The visitor center is open, including the exhibits, theater, and park store.
  • Trails All trails are open. Note: A short section of the Turkey Creek Trail is closed due to bridge damage between the Kirby and Sandhill trails.
  • Day-Use Areas Boat launches, river access points, and day-use areas are open around the preserve (except for Lakeview Sandbar, which is closed).
  • 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.
  • Restrooms All restrooms and vault toilets around the preserve, including those at the visitor center and trailheads, are open.
  • Ranger Programs – Check our calendar for free ranger-led hikes, canoe trips, and events.

What's Closed or Cancelled?

  • No COVID-19-related closures at this time. Check the current conditions page to see updates on other closures.

Stay Informed

Read more about the National Park Service response to COVID-19. View the CDC Community Level tool. Big Thicket National Preserve is located in the following Texas counties: Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange, Polk, and Tyler.

We provide updates and highlight the preserve's resources on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also contact us if you have questions.

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Can you jump farther than a bullfrog?



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Last updated: June 5, 2022

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6044 FM 420
Kountze , TX 77625



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