Texas July 22, 2019
Get Lost In This Enchanting Texas Forest That’s One Of The Largest In America
Sometimes, the most awe-inspiring natural wonders are hiding in our own backyard. Nine different ecosystems converge at Big Thicket National Preserve in Southeast Texas, making it the most biologically diverse place in the U.S. All of its 100,000+ acres are covered in various types of towering trees that beckon hikers to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the forest.
Spanning over 100,000 acres, the Big Thicket stretches across seven counties in Southeast Texas. While paved highways connect different areas of the preserve, few actually dare to carve a path through it - that’s solely reserved for pedestrian and boat traffic.
There are 40 miles of trails for hiking alone, not to mention creeks, bayous, and a river as well. Visitors come from all over the country to kayak, canoe, bird watch, and take leisurely strolls amidst the towering trees.
Hikes vary between .3 and 18 miles, so there's something for everyone regardless of age, stamina, and desired amount of time spent trekking through the woods. Click
here for a comprehensive list of trails separated by wildlife, vegetation, distance, and available activities.
Nine different ecosystems converge here, so you’ll encounter a greater diversity in both flora and fauna than anywhere else in Texas. From lanky pines to wispy cypresses, there’s no shortage of varying sights to compete for attention.
Many different clearings open up to pristine bodies of water that extend far as the eye can see. This multitude of access points means you'll rarely, if ever, have to wait in line before launching a craft - not to mention all waterways in the Big Thicket are open to licensed fishers.
Three official paddling trails offer easy-to-follow routes that take away the stress of navigation so visitors can just sit back and enjoy all the sights and sounds of unadulterated nature. Ranging in length from 4.8 to 21 miles, boaters of all fitness levels can participate in this unforgettable experience.
Address: 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625. Visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit the preserve’s
website or Facebook page.
Have you ever traversed the Big Thicket? If so, what’s your favorite piece of scenery? Let us know your thoughts, and check out our previous article to learn about another breathtaking forest in Texas:
Get Lost In This Magical Forest In Texas With Trees Over 100 Feet Tall.