Big Thicket National Preserve is Pet-Friendly!

black dog with tongue out laying down on the trail
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 four-legged friends:

  • 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

Service animals are allowed inside the visitor center, other public buildings, and on public programs. What is a service animal?



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.

hiker with 2 dogs on a bridge
Hiker and her dogs on Village Creek Bridge

NPS Photo / Max Harper

Last updated: May 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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