Join the Big Thicket Association for our annual family-friendly kayak and canoe event! The 4.0 mile Cooks Lake Paddling Trail provides a great opportunity to experience the biological diversity of the Big Thicket National Preserve. This seemingly short trail can actually become an all-day adventure as Cooks Lake and Scatterman Lake are both fun to explore. Paddlers will experience beautiful cypress and tupelo forests that will make them feel like early explorers without actually paddling too far from civilization. This looped style trail eliminates shuttling issues since there is only one access point.