The Big Thicket National Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. Approximately 40 miles of hiking trails and more than 20 miles of paddling trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, allowing hikers and paddlers to observe many different ecosystems. 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 global interest. Activities include: backpacking, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, interpretive programs, kayaking, wildlife viewing and so much more. For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BigThicketNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/BigThicketNPS, and Instagram www.instagram.com/BigThicketNPS.
Things to Do
  • Monday: 24 hours
  • Tuesday: 24 hours
  • Wednesday: 24 hours
  • Thursday: 24 hours
  • Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
  • Other: Visitor Center: Sunday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Suggested Length of Visit: 2-3 days
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Backpacking Workshop

Aug 23, 2018

Starting: 7:00 PM

Don’t be caught unprepared in the outdoors! Learn how to prepare for lengthy day-hikes and overnight backpacking trips at this 1-hour workshop. Meet at the visitor center. ...more

Big Thicket Full Moon Night Hike

Aug 25, 2018

Starting: 8:00 PM

Engage your senses and experience the nighttime world of the Big Thicket under an almost-full moon! Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call our visitor center at 409-951-6700 to find the ...more

The Story of Our National Parks

Aug 25, 2018

Starting: 2:00 PM

The National Park Service begins its 103rd year today! Test your knowledge of the national parks at a fun, educational program at our visitor center. Approximately 1 hour. This is an indoor program ...more