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The Preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 97,000 acres. Big Thicket was the first Preserve in the National Park System established October 11, 1974, and protects an area of rich biological diversity.

A convergence of ecosystems occurred here during the last Ice Age. It brought together, in one geographical location, the eastern hardwood forests, the Gulf coastal plains, and the midwest prairies.

December 15, 1981, the Preserve was designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Program.

July 26, 2001, the American Bird Conservancy recognized the Preserve as a Globally Important Bird Area joining thousands of others around the world.



Email - BITH_Administration@nps.gov

Fax- 409-839-2599

Write to
3785 Milam Street
Beaumont, TX 77701-4724

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Visitor Center
6102 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625-7842

Visitor Information - 409-246-2337
Headquarters - 409-839-2689


Operating Hours, Seasons
Preserve Headquarters is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed on all government holidays. The visitor center is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. Closed on Christmas and New Years.

Getting There
PLANE - The Southeast Texas Regional Airport, near Beaumont, Texas, has commerical airline service. Houston, Texas, about 100 miles from the Preserve, has two major airports served by a number of major airlines.

CAR - Enter Beaumont, Texas, via Interstate 10 and then take U.S. Highway 69-287 north from Beaumont. Seven miles north of Kountze, Texas, take FM 420 east and follow the signs to the visitor center.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - AmTrak and Commerical Bus transportation are available in Beaumont, Texas.

Weather & Climate
An average rainfall of 55 inches is well distributed throughout the year. Summers are warm and humid with daytime temperatures between 85 and 95 degrees fahrenheit with peaks to 100 or more. Moderate temperatures in the mid 50s to 60s are normal for winter. Spring and fall are very enjoyable and are the most pleasant seasons for outdoor activities. Wear comfortable outdoorwear, wear a broad brimmed hat, wear walking shoes, and carry rain gear.

The Preserve Visitor Center, the Sundew, Pitcher Plant, and Kirby Nature Trails are accessible. All picinic tables and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Getting Around
Because the Preserve is composed of several units (land and water), one has to drive to each unit they wish to visit. The Official Map and Guide will assist greatly.


Free! for 10 Days
Backcountry camping is available. Campers must have a valid Preserve issued Backcountry Use Permit to camp in designated areas. Permits can be obtained at the visitor center or Headquarters offices.


Backcountry Camping Only
Open All Year
Requires a valid, Preserve issued, Backcountry Use Permit (Form 10-404)
For More Information on this campground please call 409-246-2337


Lodging is only available in nearby communities
Open All Year
The communities of Woodville, Kountze, Silsbee and Beaumont, Texas, all offer lodging.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone - 409-246-2337
Location - Seven miles north of Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County, on U.S. Highway 69. Turn right on FM 420 and follow the signs.
Closures - Christmas and New Years Day
Exhibits - The Discovery Station will orient you to the world of Wildland and Prescribed Fire.
Available Facilities - Book sales, exhibits, theater, restrooms, pull through parking for large vehicles, and picnic tables.

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Contact Info
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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

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These outdoors activities are available near Big Thicket National Preserve.
 Campgrounds Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Mill Creek RV and Wilderness Park, Silsbee, 5 miles away
Big Thicket Outpost, Kountze, 6 miles away
Village Creek State Park, Lumberton, 8 miles away
Village Creek State Park - Creekside, Lumberton, 8 miles away
Red Cloud Recreational Vehicle Park, Silsbee, 9 miles away
Forest Hollow RV Park, Beaumont, 11 miles away
Green Caye RV Park, Dickinson, 13 miles away
 Marinas Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Beaumont Yacht Club, Beaumont , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Super 8 Kountze Big Thicket Nat'l Pres Area, Kountze , 5 miles away
Days Inn Lumberton, Lumberton , 5 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Lumberton, Lumberton , 5 miles away
Garden Inn And Suites Silsbee, Silsbee , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BEAUMONT NW PARKDALE MALL, Beaumont , 13 miles away
Days Inn Beaumont, Beaumont , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Beaumont, Beaumont , 16 miles away
 Trails Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Roy E Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary Trail, Hardin County , 4 miles away
Big Thicket - Kirby Nature Trail, Hardin County , 10 miles away
Big Thicket - Turkey Creek Trail, Hardin County , 13 miles away
Big Thicket - Sundew Trail, Tyler County , 17 miles away
Longleaf Nature Trail, Tyler County , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Martin Dies Jr. State Park, Texas , 34 miles away
Sea Rim State Park, Texas , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Thicket National Preserve:
Silsbee Country Club, Silsbee , 7 miles away
Idylwild Golf Club, Sour Lake , 10 miles away
Beaumont Country Club, Beaumont , 16 miles away
Wildwood, Village Mills , 17 miles away
Iron Oaks Golf Club, Beaumont , 18 miles away

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