Trail Maps and Descriptions

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Grab your hiking boots! This page is your source for trail maps and directions. Use the quick navigation link above to jump to the trails in the park unit of your choice.

Find more information about the units of the preserve on our Places to Go page.


Turkey Creek Unit

Kirby Nature Trail

Three loop options, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 miles, pass through several plant communities, from baygalls to cypress sloughs to the riparian zone along Village Creek. An interpretive trail guide is available at the visitor center for a small charge.

Hikers can continue north from this trail to the Sandhill Loop Trail and the Turkey Creek Trail. Note: the bridge that connects Kirby to the Sandhill and Turkey Creek Trails is currently closed due to flood damage. Contact us for updates.

The trailhead is located on FM 420, 2.5 miles east of the visitor center.

Sandhill Loop Trail

Note: the Sandhill Loop can only be reached from the north via the Turkey Creek Trail. Start at Gore Store Road trailhead and go south for 4 miles. The bridge connecting Sandhill and Kirby is closed due to flood damage. Contact us for updates.

From the Kirby Nature Trail, cross the bridge over Village Creek and follow the Turkey Creek Trail north for 0.8 mile to reach the Sandhill Loop Trail. This trail makes a loop of 1.3 miles through a forest of longleaf pines.

Turkey Creek Trail

Six trailheads provide access to different parts of this 15-mile trail, providing opportunities for hikes of varying distances. The trail roughly parallels Turkey Creek and passes through several plant communities, from hardwood forests to cypress sloughs.

Hikers can access this trail on FM 1943, 3.5 miles east of Warren; at the Pitcher Plant Trail, 2 miles south of FM 1943 on CR 4850; on CR 4825; along the Gore Store Road, 4 miles east of US 69/287; and on FM 420 at the Kirby Nature Trail.

Pitcher Plant Trail

The first quarter-mile of the Pitcher Plant Trail passes through longleaf pines into a large bog of pitcher plants and sundews. The 1-mile trail continues through a mixed woodland, joining the Turkey Creek Trail for a short distance before looping back to the trailhead.

The trailhead is on CR 4850, about 2 miles south of FM 1943 and about 4.5 miles east of Warren.


Hickory Creek Savannah Unit

Sundew Trail

Both the inner 0.3-mile loop and the outer 1-mile loop pass through a small bog of pitcher plants. The inner loop continues through a savannah that has abundant summer wildflowers, while the outer loop winds through a woodland composed primarily of longleaf pines. This is one of the best places in the preserve to see birds and wildflowers, as well as the tiny red sundew plants.

The trailhead is on CR 1910, 0.5 miles south of FM 2827 and approximately 7 miles north of the visitor center.


Beech Creek Unit

Beech Woods Trail

Hikers in the Beech Creek Unit can follow either the Beech Woods Trail, which makes a 1-mile loop, or a former dirt road that extends from the trailhead for 6 miles through the unit.

The Beech Woods Trailhead is located on FM 2992, 1.5 miles north of FM 1013.

NOTE: Hunting is allowed in the Beech Creek Unit during the fall/winter season. The trail is not in the hunting area. Hikers who explore beyond the trail during hunting season are encouraged to wear Hunter Orange.


Big Sandy Creek Unit

Beaver Slide Trail

The Beaver Slide Trail makes a loop of 1.5 miles near Big Sandy Creek. It is heavily wooded and is an excellent short hike on which to see cypress trees. A map of this trail is included on the Big Sandy Trail map, below.

The trailhead is on FM 943, approximately 0.25 miles west of the intersection with FM 1276.

Big Sandy Trail

The Big Sandy Trail has more topography than other trails in the preserve, and goes through many different ecosystems along its 9-mile length. It is the only trail in the preserve that is open to horseback riding and bicycling as well as hiking.

The trailhead is on the Sunflower Road, 3 miles west of FM 1276 near Dallardsville.

NOTE: Hunting is allowed in this portion of the Big Sandy Unit during the fall/winter season. During hunting season, hikers are encouraged to wear Hunter Orange.

Woodlands Trail

The Woodlands Trail consists of three loops of 3.3 miles, 4.5 miles, and 5.4 miles, giving hikers several distance options. This trail traverses a variety of plant communities, including the Big Sandy Creek floodplain and dense stands of hardwood trees. A map of this trail is included on the Big Sandy Trail map, above.

The Woodlands Trailhead is located on FM 1276, 5.9 miles north of Dallardsville and 3.3 miles south of US 190.


Menard Creek Corridor Unit

Birdwatchers Trail

This 0.5-mile trail, located at the confluence of Menard Creek and the Trinity River, provides good views of the sandbars along the Trinity River, as well as the opportunity to see many types of birds.

The trailhead is just off of FM 2610, 3.1 miles north of Romayor, on Oak Hill Drive.


Headquarters Area

Just east of the Big Thicket National Preserve visitor center and headquarters lies an expanse of wetland pine savannah known informally as the Solo Tract. There are no trails in this area, but visitors are welcome to wander among the longleaf pines and look for birds, wildflowers, and carnivorous plants.

From the visitor center, walk or drive east along FM 420 to the second driveway on the left. Walk around the locked gate to enter this area.

Last updated: July 13, 2020

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