Texas Map

Request Free Visitor Guides

Big Thicket National Preserve

Contact Info
6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625

Phone:
409-951-6725
Basics
Location:
Near Beaumont
Type:
National Park
Price:
Free

Description

Big Thicket is an American biological crossroads, a mixture of sandhills and bogs, plains and eastern forests. There are 186 species of birds here, from Eastern bluebirds to roadrunners, and 85 species of trees. A thousand species of flowering plants grow in the thicket, among them four species of insect-eating plants, four of North America’s five. This is also a haven for the cold-blooded, with fifty species of reptiles and plenty of frogs and toads.

Big Thicket is home to eight trails, including the Big Sandy Creek Horse/Bike Trail, which is 18 miles of loop through pine forests, magnolias, and holly (the flora changes as you go). Other trails are the Kirby Nature Trail System, the Turkey Creek Trail, Pitcher Plant Trail (named for the carnivorous pitcher plant), the Sundew Trail (named for the carnivorous sundew plant), the Woodlands Trail, the Beech Woods Trail, and the Beaver Slide Trail. For birders, the Big Thicket Loop is a must-walk. Watch for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, the Bachman’s Sparrow, and the Brown-leaded Nuthatch.

You can also take your canoe out on the floodplain / swamp hybrid of the shores of Cook’s Lake, or the bald cypress of Franklin Lake.

Hours + Fees

Hours:
Daily; daylight (visitor center open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Price:
Free
Price Details:
Free

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Going north from Beaumont, take US 69-287. After you've driven about eight miles north of Kountze, Texas, you'll take FM 420 east and follow the signs to the visitor center.
Customizable Directions


Copyright © 1997 - 2020 The Go Travel Sites. All Rights Reserved and.

Email Page Link

Complete the form below to email this page to a friend or family member's email. You can send yourself an email as well. Your email and your recipient's email will NOT be shared with anyone. See our full Privacy Policy for details.
:
:
:
 
 
 
:
Copy Yourself on the Email Yes No
:
:

1

Select one or more Free Visitor Guides below

2

Complete the form to receive your guides by mail
Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas
Southern TexasSavor Laredo’s many colorful flavors, from its rich history to its unique culture where two worlds meet, creating an experience unlike anything else. This southern getaway is the ideal venue for an enticing menu of bargain buys of every kind. Just being in Laredo brings you close to Mexico, but if you desire an even closer look, go no further than San Bernardo Avenue. We look forward to extending a warm "Bienvenido a Laredo" to you.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
El Paso El Paso El Paso
Mexican BorderEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Kerrville Kerrville Kerrville
Hill CountryKerrville's spring-fed creeks make the area a natural paradise filled with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In town you'll find friendly locals and exciting things to do, such as visiting museums or shopping unique boutiques.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton
Texas Gulf CoastThe charm of the Texas Coast. We love it here on the Texas Gulf Coast and want you to know and love it too. Rockport-Fulton is a state of mind as much as it is a place.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Aransas Pass Aransas Pass Aransas Pass
Texas Gulf CoastLocated on the coast of Texas, Aransas Pass is the heart of the Coastal Bend. Aransas Pass offers thriving hospitality, community and a variety of recreational activities. Stay a for a weekend or a lifetime!
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Abilene Abilene Abilene
Central TexasVisit Abilene, the defining city of West Texas, where the frontier spirit is still applied to discovery, development and creativity. Abilene boasts a central location - just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - and is home to 120,000 friendly people. Relax, explore and enjoy our mix of western heritage, contemporary culture and traditional values.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Odessa Odessa Odessa
West TexasOdessa is a vibrant, energetic West Texas city rich in culture and heritage. It offers several museums, attractions, and annual festivals that please residents as well as visitors. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and different place to visit, then Odessa is the place for you!
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Sabine County Sabine County Sabine County
East TexasOne of East Texas’ best kept secrets, Sabine County is located along the Texas/Louisiana border and is surrounded by two of the best bass fishing lakes in the nation.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.