Getting Here

Big Thicket National Preserve spreads across seven southeast Texas counties. The visitor center, in the middle of the Big Thicket region, is located at 6102 FM 420 in Kountze, Texas. There is no single entrance to the preserve, as it consists of many separate pieces of parkland called units. Read more about the places to go in Big Thicket.

Directions to all trailheads are described on our trail maps page.

A personal vehicle is essential for exploring the Big Thicket, as facilities and trailheads are often far apart. There is no public transportation in this area.

Distance from nearby cities to visitor center:

Beaumont, TX 30 miles
Lufkin, TX 75 miles
Lake Charles, LA 89 miles
Houston, TX 92 miles
College Station, TX 140 miles


Brown sign among green bushes reads, "Your GPS has Misled You! The Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center is not down this dirt road."
Some navigation systems have led travelers looking for the visitor center into the remote, unpaved woods of the Lance Rosier Unit.

NPS Photo / Jason Ginder

Don't Get Lost!

Many navigational systems erroneously guide users to remote sections of the preserve. The official park map shows the major roads in the Big Thicket region. Please call the visitor center at (409) 951-6700 to verify directions to the visitor center and other locations in the preserve.

Visitor Center Lat./Long. Coordinates
30.458251, -94.387285

Last updated: February 15, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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