Author: National Park Service

The National Park Service is dedicated to conservation of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Located just north of Beaumont, Texas the Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 112,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the Thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest. For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at (409) 951-6700.

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) will host the  Annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, September 7 at the LNVA Saltwater Barrier boat launch on Bigner Road in Beaumont, Texas. Come enjoy this very unique paddling experience and help us celebrate the National Parks Centennial in the Big Thicket National Preserve.    Event Details Neches River Rally September 7, 2019 LNVA Saltwater Barrier 5790 Bigner Road Beaumont, TX 77703 Launch Site Opens: 7:30 a.m.  Entry Fees: $35: 13 years and older ($45 after August 19, 2019) $10, 12 years and younger ($15 after August 19, 2019)

As our neighbors throughout Southeast Texas continue to cope with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, we would like to provide an update on the status of Big Thicket National Preserve. Since Wednesday, August 30th, preserve staff have been working to account for employees, stabilize structures, and survey the conditions of all facilities. Widespread and persistent flooding has hampered work in many of the preserve’s southern units, especially in the Beaumont Unit and the Pine Island Bayou Corridor Unit.  On Saturday, September 2nd, Big Thicket National Preserve staff was joined by an

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August 2017. From canoe trips on Village Creek to frog hikes, presentation on the area’s history and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and some have alternative meeting locations. Be sure to consult the Summer 2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule (below). Saturday, May 6, 2:00 pm: Snakes: Behind the

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of March, April and May. From canoe trips on the Neches River to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park ranger will offer a variety of free programs. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and still others have alternative meeting locations. Be sure to consult the Spring 2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule below for more details.  Tuesday, March 14, 10:00 am: Canoe Trip Join park rangers

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve for free during the 10 fee-free days in 2017.  The 10 entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be: January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents Day  April 15-16: National Park Week Weekend April 22-23: National Park Week Weekend August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30: National Public Lands Day November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend “National parks are known for their priceless beauty,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of September, October, November and December, 2016. From canoe trips to park clean-up events and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers are offering a variety of free programs this fall. Some programs require participants to pre-register. Be sure to consult the Fall/Winter 2016 Ranger-led Program Schedule below.  Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm: Full Moon Night Hike Experience the nighttime world of the Big Thicket under a

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 and Big Thicket National Preserve is hosting a celebration! Event Details: National Park Service Centennial Celebration August 25, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center 6102 FM 420 Kountze, TX 77625 Grab the family and head to the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center for

This summer let the family enjoy eco-tours on the Neches River aboard the Ivory Bill. The 45 foot long, Coast Guard approved pontoon operates on the open river and navigates into the cypress-lined backwater channels of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Neches River Adventures boat tours give passengers an opportunity to view wildlife and see a part of the Big Thicket few get to appreciate. Often referred to as "The Last Wild River" in east Texas, the Neches is home to more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals species, 300 bird species and many reptiles and

Explore the Big Thicket National Preserve by taking advantage of the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August. From canoe trips to a black bear presentation and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs require participants to pre-register (noted below). View the summer schedule below or print it here. Summer 2016 Ranger-led Program Schedule: Saturday, May 14: International Migratory Bird Day Choose between two birding walks through the Big Thicket, both starting

Tourism to Big Thicket National Preserve creates $7,893,000 in Economic Benefits A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 125,832 visitors to Big Thicket National Preserve in 2015 spent $7,893,000 in communities near the preserve. That spending supported 112 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $10,139,900. “Big Thicket National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We