Operating Hours & Seasons

pond in front of wooden cabin structure surrounded by trees with fall colored leaves of red, yellows, and oranges.
Visitor Center in fall

NPS Photo / Scott Sharaga

Visitor Center

The Big Thicket Visitor Center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, central time, 7 days a week. It is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.

Roads, Trails, & Waterways

The roads, trails, and waterways of the preserve are open 24 hours. To spend a night in the preserve, you'll need a free backcountry camping permit from the visitor center.

Hunting & Trapping

Big Thicket's hunting season runs from early October to the end of February. Hog trapping season runs from early February until the start of hunting season in October. Permits for hunting and trapping are available at the visitor center.

Last updated: February 15, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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