Permits & Reservations

1 person standing and 1 person sitting outside of a tent in the woods
Big Thicket doesn't have any campgrounds. Instead, you're welcome to camp in much of the preserve's backcountry with a free permit.

NPS Photo / Soren George-Nichol


Reservations are NOT needed to visit Big Thicket National Preserve.

Some ranger-led activities may require reservations, such as nature walks and canoe trips. Check our event calendar for more information.


Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping permits are available for free at the visitor center. Get your permit when you arrive in the park or up to 14 days in advance.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunters can get a permit for hunting and/or hog trapping at the visitor center. A valid Texas hunting license is required.

Special Use Permits

Conducting business or hosting an event in the preserve requires a special use permit.

Scientific Research Permits

Permits are required for conducting research in the preserve.

Last updated: October 1, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



Contact Us