Hiking in the Big Thicket

A person on a wooded trail

Approximately 40 miles of trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, providing hikers many options for walking distances and experiences. Trails of varying lengths, from 0.3 miles to 18 miles round-trip, lead through diverse plant communities, from bogs of carnivorous plants to stands of towering longleaf pines. Regardless of the trail you choose, remember to go slowly and enjoy the smells, the sounds, and the small wonders of the Big Thicket.


While you can see and do many of these things throughout the Big Thicket, these are the most popular and easily-accessible places to experience them.

Choose Your Interests

Carnivorous Plants: Sundew Trail, Pitcher Plant Trail

Longleaf Pine Trees: Sundew Trail, Pitcher Plant Trail, Sandhill Loop Trail

Cypress Sloughs: Beaver Slide Trail, Cypress Loop of the Kirby Nature Trail

Wildflowers: Sundew Trail

Birds: Sundew Trail, Kirby Nature Trail, Headquarters area

Mushrooms: Kirby Nature Trail, Woodlands Trail

Biodiversity: Kirby Nature Trail, Turkey Creek Trail, Big Sandy Trail

Choose Your Activity

Backpacking: Turkey Creek Trail, Big Sandy Trail

Biking: Big Sandy Trail (This is the ONLY trail open to biking.)

Fishing: Village Creek via the Kirby Nature Trail; Birdwatchers Trail

Choose Your Distance

Short: Sundew Trail, Pitcher Plant Trail, Beechwoods Trail, Beaver Slide Trail

Moderate: Kirby Nature Trail and Sandhill Loop Trails, Woodlands Trail, parts of the Turkey Creek Trail

Longer: Turkey Creek Trail, Big Sandy Trail

Accessible Trails: Inner Loop of the Sundew Trail; first quarter-mile of the PItcher Plant Trail to the pitcher plant bog


Last updated: July 5, 2017

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