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 or call the preserve visitor center at (409) 951-6700.

It's fall y'all and that means weekend after weekend of festivals, outdoor events and fun activities throughout the season! On Saturday, October 10th (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) the Big Thicket Association will host Big Thicket Day to celebrate the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve, 51 years ago. This free event will be held at Collier’s Ferry Park on the Neches River. The Old Time String Shoppe will provide entertainment in the form of bluegrass music throughout the day. You'll want to bring the kids because booths will offer hands-on

This week marks the beginning of hunting season in the Big Thicket National Preserve. During the preserve’s hunting season, October 3, 2015 through February 29, 2016, recreational users, including hikers, campers, photographers, bird watchers, and paddlers are encouraged to wear bright identifiable colors, specifically hunter orange or international orange, while exploring the preserve’s six hunting units.  The National Park Service at Big Thicket National Preserve manages over 112,000 acres of lands, in 15 different units, spread across seven countries in southeast

The Big Thicket Association will host the 2nd Annual Neches River Rally Saturday, September 12th at the LNVA Saltwater Barrier boat launch on Bigner Road in Beaumont, Texas. Entry fees start at $35 for single paddlers and include lunch, official event T-shirt, goodies and local entertainment. This canoe and kayak rally takes paddlers on one of the most popular paddling trails in Southeast Texas - The Cooks Lake to Scatterman trail is designated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Official Texas Paddling Trail. It follows Pine Island Bayou, Cooks Lake, Scatterman Lake, and the

As part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration, Big Thicket National Preserve invites visitors to explore the preserve and share their photos in a year-long photo contest. Beginning in August of 2015, park visitors will be invited to submit photos via Instagram for entry into the contest using the hashtag #BigThicketPhotoContest. Monthly winners will be chosen in three categories and displayed in our park visitor center. An overall winner will be chosen in the fall of 2016 and displayed in the visitor center for one year. Each month photos of visitors exploring the