Welcome to Big Thicket National Preserve
The term "Big Thicket" refers to a large expanse of woodlands, wetlands, and waterways that once covered over 3 million acres of southeast Texas. Today, Big Thicket National Preserve protects over 113,000 acres spread over 7 counties. A convergence of ecological influences here has created an area rich in biological diversity, with 9 ecosystems providing habitats for a variety of species.
Here you'll find the park's address and hours of operation.
Need a map or GPS coordinates for the park? Find them here.
Find out more about the units of the preserve and the recreational opportunities they offer.
The best place to start your visit is by exploring the exhibits and watching the 15-minute movie on the Big Thicket at the preserve visitor center. Kids of all ages can pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet and complete fun, easy activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge.
Have a look at the event calendar to see what's happening in the preserve! Park rangers present public programs throughout the year, from guided walks and canoe trips to special Junior Ranger Days. All programs are free, but some require registration.
Make your Big Thicket trip a safe one. Learn more about common hazards and be prepared!
The preserve offers opportunities for visitors of all abilities.
Check here to see what's open or closed before you visit the preserve.
Last updated: June 29, 2020