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Big Thicket National Preserve

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Interesting walks of varying distances for all.

Great experience of varying plants and fungi. The wildlife was sparce in late October but we did... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen T
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Cabins in The Thicket

We spent three nights at Cabins in The Thicket during the last third of September 2018 (see... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
James F
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“turkey creek”(6 reviews)
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Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service, offers 40 miles of hiking trails. You can go birding in spring or fall. Rent canoes or kayaks to explore the lakes and bayous. Big Thicket has hunting part of the year, off-road...more
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6102 Fm 420 Rd, Kountze, TX 77625-7842
+1 409-951-6700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience of varying plants and fungi. The wildlife was sparce in late October but we did see a large 5ft long snake who was sunning himself on the side of the path until we disturbed it!

Thank Karen T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent three nights at Cabins in The Thicket during the last third of September 2018 (see www.CabinsInTheThicket.com‎). The cabin we rented was at the edge of Big Thicket National Preserve, about 10 miles from Kountze, TX. We had rain. The weather was swelteringly humid....More

Thank James F
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

I want to live here. I know I can't but... a typical national park. FREE entrance. 15 minute video about park. Interactive displays. Trails. Nature.

Thank survivor5804
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

This place provides a real view into the dense thicket which must have seemed almost impossible to travel through during the times before roads and modern clearing equipment.

Thank Vonschmidt
Reviewed August 26, 2018

While out exploring East Texas we saw signs for this place so decided to check it out. Stopped at the Visitor's Center and we were greeted by a ranger. He explained that many of the trails in the Preserve had been damaged by Hurricane Harvey...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

We love to go to parks, so when the kids asked for a road trip this is where we went. The visitor center is very informative. Maps and a ranger to answer any questions. Also a very small museum. Clean bathrooms! But if you look...More

Thank MoniqueG1561
Reviewed July 12, 2018

It was really hot the day we were there. We hiked through the shady Big Thicket and were glad we had our bug spray. My 12 year olds and I earned our Junior Ranger Badges. Junior Ranger Program booklets are available in the Visitors Center....More

Thank Jolene S
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Good place to take the kids on a nature walk and lots of beautiful scenery. We never run out of new things to see!

Thank Sightseer781678
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

We hiked a portion of the Turkey Creek Trail as well as the Picture Plant trail and sundew trail. The picture plant and sundew trails had fewer mosquitoes. The hikes were mostly flat, nice and easy. Wear plenty of big spray and even with that...More

Thank MylieAlrich
Reviewed December 7, 2017

This is a great place to enjoy Nature at its fullest as you take advantage of The Big Thicket's many walking trails. This forest area in Southeast Texas is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world outside the tropics. Put on your walking...More

Thank Tom C
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August 4, 2015|
Response from PetrosPeter |
This is an old question but the answer remains the same: no entrance fees and free leaflets at the visitor center.