Explore Big Thicket National Preserve to experience the incredible diversity of life, where multiple habitats converge and 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.
Approximately 40 miles of trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, providing hikers many options for walking distances and experiences. Trails of varying lengths, from 0.3 miles to 18 miles round-trip, lead through diverse plant communities, from bogs of carnivorous plants to stands of towering longleaf pines. Regardless of the trail you choose, remember to go slowly and enjoy the smells, the sounds, and the small wonders of the Big Thicket.
The many miles of creeks, bayous, and river flowing through Big Thicket National Preserve make it an ideal place to explore by canoe and kayak. Numerous access points provide many different trip options for paddlers of all experience levels. Two official Texas Paddling Trails inside the preserve, the Village Creek Paddling Trail and the Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail, offer clearly-defined routes to explore.
Camping is allowed on sandbars along Village Creek and the Neches River year-round. It is not allowed in the Beaumont Unit during hunting season. While the sandbars along the Neches River in the Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit are open to camping year-round, campers should use caution venturing beyond the sandbars during hunting season. Permits are required for camping; these are available free of charge at the preserve visitor center.
For the hunting enthusiast, this area is full of white-tail deer, waterfowl, and feral hogs. For those looking for a more unique hunting experience, there are even opportunities to harvest rabbits and squirrel. Big Thicket National Preserve issues free hunting permits for several units of the preserve. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the preserve visitor center. Hunters must have their current Texas hunting license in order to get a hunting permit.
Deer Creek Run is the perfect property for ATVing with your family and friends! With your large acreage homesite to call your own, you can enjoy exploring your private land on your recreational vehicle on the weekends.
Local outfitters rent canoes and kayaks and provide shuttles on nearby lakes and rivers or at the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Lakes, rivers and streams make this area a dream for anyone who enjoys fishing. From shoreline fishing a small creek to boating on some of Texas' most famous bass lakes and rivers, plan to wet a hook while you're here!