The Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit preserves a large section of the Big Thicket along the Neches River. A jungle-like place, the Jack Gore Baygall is one of the largest known baygalls. This lowland area floods when the Neches River overflows its banks. Hidden in the woods are many oxbow lakes waiting to be explored.
The Jack Gore Baygall is one of several baygall plant communities found within this unit. Baygalls usually contain shallow standing water and are home to many water-loving plants, like the sweetbay magnolias and gallberry hollies after which they are named. As plant debris seeps into the standing water, it causes the water to lose oxygen and become more acidic. Bald cypress and swamp tupelo are other common trees found in baygalls.
There are no established trails in the Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall 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 maps below for more detail.
The Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit is north of Silsbee and can be reached from FM 2937 (Old Spurger Highway). Timber Slough Road starts on FM 2937 and passes through the baygall, past oxbow lakes, and ends at the Neches River. Franklin Lake Road starts on Craven Camp Road and leads to Franklin Lake.
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Last updated: June 26, 2021