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Exploring the Big Thicket

Big Thicket National Preserve protects 113,114 acres of land and water spread over seven counties in southeast Texas. While public roads connect the units of the preserve, few roads lead into it; the best way to explore and experience this area is by foot or by boat. Approximately 40 miles of hiking trails and countless miles of creeks, bayous, and the Neches River wind through the Big Thicket. Most people come to walk, birdwatch, canoe, and kayak.

The best place to start your trip is at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center. Educational displays and a 15-minute orientation film provide information on the cultural and natural history of the area, and preserve staff can help you plan your visit.

a pair of flat-topped, circular, orange/yellow mushrooms growing in a gap among green grass.
Mushrooms (Amanita jacksonii)

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Operating Hours & Seasons

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Fees & Passes

Big Thicket is free to visit. We offer 4 types of America the Beautiful passes for qualifying individuals. Learn more.

Current Conditions

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Permits & Reservations

Certain activities in the park require permits and reservations, such as camping, hunting, commercial use, and research.


Big Thicket is a pet-friendly park. Find out more to have a paws-itive experience.

Last updated: December 31, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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