COVID-19 Updates at Big Thicket

This information is current as of August 18, 2021.

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, including the theater, exhibits, and park store.
  • 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 (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 now open.
  • Ranger Programs – Check our calendar for free ranger-led hikes, canoe trips, and events.

What's Closed or Cancelled?

  • Lakeview Sandbar Day-Use Area – Due to recent incidents and other concerns, Lakeview Sandbar will be closed until further notice.
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?



Stay Informed

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

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


Last updated: August 18, 2021

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Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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