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

Big Thicket National Preserve requires permits for certain activities to provide for visitor safety, to ensure the protection of the resources, and to minimize disruption to other visitors. Please contact the visitor center at (409) 951-6700 for more information on getting permits in the preserve.

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping permits are available for free at the visitor center. No reservations needed. Learn more.

Hunting and Trapping

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

Special Use Permits

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

Scientific Research Permits

Permits are required for conducting research in the preserve. Learn more.

Last updated: February 14, 2021

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Kountze, TX 77625



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