COVID-19 Updates at Big Thicket

Big Thicket National Preserve is OPEN. Please recreate responsibly.


Current Mask Status

March 19, 2023: Hardin County COVID-19 level is LOW (masks optional).

Mask requirements in the visitor center are based on the current status of Hardin County, Texas, in the CDC Community Level tool. If the level is Low or Medium, masks are optional; if High, masks are 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 bridge on the Turkey Creek Trail is closed; see current conditions for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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: March 19, 2023

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6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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