This vast, wild section of Big Thicket National Preserve is named for Lance Rosier (1886–1970), a Saratoga resident who fought to protect the Big Thicket from destruction. Born and raised in the Big Thicket, Rosier was a self-taught expert on its flora and fauna. He was known to guide people on field trips into the thicket where he would share his vast knowledge with anyone who wanted to listen, from politicians to professors to people just passing through town. Rosier’s efforts led to the creation of the preserve in 1974, four years after his passing.
Little Pine Island Bayou meanders slowly through the western portion of the Lance Rosier Unit. Palmettos, with their recognizable fan-shaped fronds, grow abundantly in the palmetto hardwood flats along the bayou. Keep an eye out for baygalls, swampy pockets of standing water teeming with life. Find a large swamp with towering cypress and tupelo trees on the west side of Teel Road, approximately 1.5 miles south of FM 770.
There are no established trails in the Lance Rosier Unit. Hikers are welcome to explore off-trail. Old, unpaved roads provide opportunities for hiking in the unit. Hikers should be self-reliant and carry a GPS device for off-trail navigation. Use the hunting map below for more detail.
The Lance Rosier Unit is located in the triangle of land between Kountze, Saratoga, and Sour Lake. A few unpaved roads enter the unit, all east of Saratoga. The Rosier Park Road, off of FM 770, leads to Teel and Cotten Roads. Little Rock Road enters the unit from TX 326 south of Kountze.
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Last updated: August 10, 2022