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.