Big Thicket National Preserve is Pet-Friendly!

Black dog with tongue out looks at us as he lies down on the trail. Pink leash extends to the left.
Enjoy some quality time with your four-legged friends on a trail.

NPS Photo / Scott Sharaga

Pets are welcome on all trails in the preserve. We ask that you follow a few rules when bringing your pet:

  • Pets must be on-leash at all times (6-foot maximum leash length)
  • Pick up and dispose of your pet's poop.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the visitor center or at public programs.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended outside or inside a vehicle.
  • Hunting with dogs is not allowed.
    Exception: Retrievers may be used to retrieve waterfowl.

Service Animals

NPS policy defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The tasks performed by the animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. Service animals are allowed anywhere that people are allowed.



Is your pet prepared to hike with you in the Big Thicket? Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Extreme summer heat and humidity can cause dehydration and heat exhaustion in you and your pet. Bring water, snacks, and take breaks!
  • Venomous snakes and poisonous plants live here. Use a leash and stay on the trail to keep your pet safe.
  • Ticks may be present, especially on less-developed trails. Conduct tick checks often.

Visiting National Parks With Your Pet

Want to bring your four-legged friends with you on your national park trip? Learn more about pets in the national parks »

A large dog nearly kisses a hiker as she kneels next to a large and a small dog on an arched wooden bridge with a background of trees.
Hiker and her dogs on Village Creek Bridge

NPS Photo / Max Harper

Last updated: February 15, 2022

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