Permits & Reservations

Which activities require permits?

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

We issue free permits at the visitor center for people to camp overnight in certain areas of the preserve.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunters may get a free permit to hunt in any one of six hunting areas in the preserve. Permits must be obtained in person at the visitor center, and hunters must have their current hunting license in order to get a hunting permit.

Special Use Permits

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

Scientific Research Permits

Conducting research in the preserve? Find out how to apply for a research permit here.

Last updated: May 19, 2020

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6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


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