Your Guide to Big Thicket National Preserve
Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas.
Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.
The main corridor through the Big Thicket is US 69/287 between Beaumont and Woodville. Many smaller roads and highways branch off of the main corridor to reach trailheads and scenic areas. The visitor center is located at the intersection of US 69/287 and FM 420, about 8 miles north of Kountze and 30 miles north of Beaumont.
GPS: lat:30.4579834310497, long:-94.3867421150208
Physical address: 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX, 77625
Big Thicket National Preserve does not charge an entrance fee.
Southeast Texas is generally very hot and humid during late spring and summer.
Fall brings comfortable temperatures.
Winters are mild. Snow and subfreezing temperatures are uncommon.
The Big Thicket region averages 55 inches of rainfall per year. Occasional tropical storms and hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico bring powerful wind, rain, and flooding to the region. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, with peak activity typically in September.
Hours for All Park Hours
Big Thicket National Preserve is open 24 hours a day. Primitive camping is permitted only with a camping permit, available at the visitor center. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/bith/planyourvisit/hours.htm
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day