Big Thicket National Preserve turns 50 in 2024!
On October 11, 1974, Big Thicket was established as America's first national preserve. Fifty years later, the preserve remains an outstanding place to experience the natural, scenic, and recreational wonders of the woods and waters of southeast Texas.
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Our twin, Big Cypress National Preserve, is celebrating 50 years, too!
Did you know that Big Thicket is only one of two national preserves established on October 11, 1974? The other, Big Cypress National Preserve, protects tall strands of bald cypress, low-lying estuaries lined with mangrove trees, and everything in between! With only inches to differentiate between distinct ecosystems, Big Cypress is known to be one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the country and protects almost 730,000 acres of land in Southwest Florida. With so much to do and see there is an adventure for people of all abilities!
Last updated: January 31, 2024