Overview:
The Big Thicket National Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 108,000 acres. Approximately 40 miles of hiking trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, allowing hikers to observe many different ecosystems. Big Thicket activities include: backpacking, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, interpretive programs, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.
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Hours
  • Monday: 24 hours
  • Tuesday: 24 hours
  • Wednesday: 24 hours
  • Thursday: 24 hours
  • Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
  • Other: Visitor Center: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission
  • Free Admission:
General Information
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  • Suggested Length of Visit: 2-3 days
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Trails
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  • Trail Maps: View Link

Kirby and Sandhill Loop Hike

Jul 3, 2017

10:30 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Explore the diverse ecosystems along the Kirby Nature Trail and Sandhill Loop Trails on this 4.5-mile walk. Meet at the Kirby Trailhead on FM 420 with water, snacks, good walking shoes, and insect ...more

Paddle the Preserve

Jul 6, 2017

10:00 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. Trip locations vary and space is ...more

Moonlight Hike

Jul 9, 2017

8:30 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this guided walk under an almost full moon. Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call the visitor center at (409) 951-6700 to find the ...more

Paddle the Preserve

Jul 21, 2017

10:00 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. Trip locations vary and space is ...more

Toads & Frogs in Our Woods & Bogs

Jul 23, 2017

8:15 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Humid forests and ample water make the Big Thicket a perfect home for amphibians. Learn the habits, features, and sounds of our resident frogs and toads on this night hike. Bring good walking shoes ...more

Your Preserve: By the People, For the People

Jul 26, 2017

2:00 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve Visitors Center
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
What did it take to create Big Thicket National Preserve? Learn how local people, naturalists, activists, and industry came together to achieve the vision that is the Big Thicket National Preserve at ...more

Paddle the Preserve

Aug 3, 2017

10:00 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. Trip locations vary and space is ...more

Night Hike

Aug 5, 2017

8:00 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this guided walk under an almost full moon. Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call the visitor center at (409) 951-6700 to find the ...more

Woodlands Trail Hike

Aug 7, 2017

10:30 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
The Woodlands Trail weaves through several plant communities, from hardwood forest to floodplain. The round-trip hike is 5.5 miles; shorter distance options are available. Participants can meet at the ...more

Birding the Big Thicket

Aug 13, 2017

7:30 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Join a ranger for a morning bird walk! Birding is a great way to explore the preserve and learn about the diversity of bird species found here. This 1-mile walk is geared toward beginning birders and ...more

Paddle the Preserve

Aug 18, 2017

10:00 AM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. Trip locations vary and space is ...more

Movie Night: The National Parks of Texas

Aug 26, 2017

6:30 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve Visitors Center
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
Did you know that Texas is home to 16 National Park Service sites? Learn about these special places that protect our state’s natural and cultural heritage at this PBS documentary, “The National Parks ...more

The Story of our National Parks

Aug 27, 2017

2:00 PM

Free admission.

  • Big Thicket National Preserve Visitors Center
  • 6102 FM 420
  • Kountze, TX 77625
  • (409) 951-6700
  • Visit Website
The National Park Service begins its 102nd 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