Big Thicket National Preserve

Southeastern Texas’ diversity is showcased in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Visitors will be able to explore nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to bayous lined with cypress and arid desert landscapes. Hiking, paddling, bird watching, and hunting are all allowed within its boundaries. Visitors will find nearly 300 species of birds, groups of basking turtles, wildflowers, and exotic mushrooms, as well as carnivorous plants along the trails and waterways. 

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Big Thicket National Preserve

While Houston and Beaumont are close enough for convenience, being able to camp under the stars in the piney woods of East Texas provides true relaxation away from the bustle of the city. Traveling in an RV also gives you the freedom and flexibility to go at your own pace and take the opportunity to visit some of the other national parks or sights in the area. It will also give you the chance to make new friends as the RV community in Texas is quite friendly. The best way to rent an RV for your visit is through RVshare.

RV Rentals Near Big Thicket National Preserve

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Big Thicket National Preserve

Thanks to the diverse ecosystems, there is something for everyone at the Big Thicket Nature Preserve. Bird watchers will find nearly 300 species within its borders. Paddlers can kayak or canoe down the Neches River or explore the creeks and bayous. Over 40 miles of trails invite hikers of all skill levels. 

Hiking Trails



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How To Get To Big Thicket National Preserve

To get to the Big Thicket National Preserve from Beaumont, take US-287 N/US-69 N to the city of Kountze, then take FM 420 for 8 miles. 

To get here from Houston, Take I-10 E to US-90 E to TX-326 S. Then take a left onto Hob Warren Road and a right onto Pipe Lane. 

While the Visitor’s Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the park will remain open during those times. Hiking trails are open from dawn until dusk daily.


6102 FM 420 Kountze, Texas

Fee: Entry Fee $0

The Big Thicket National Preserve allows visitors to encounter a wide diversity of ecosystems through hiking and paddling. Here you can encounter piney woods as well as sandy terrain with cacti and meadows filled with wildflowers. An RV trip is a great way to experience this national park site.