Big Thicket National Preserve encompasses a total area of about 110,000 acres of land that is located in seven different counties in southeast Texas. The protected national preserve is divided into nine land units and six water corridors that are interconnected by a few roads. That said, the best way to enjoy the park and see the beauty that is on offer is to use a boat or simply hike on foot into the protected land.
To reach the main information center at the national preserve from outside the park, use the Beaumont via Interstate 10 and then take US 69-287 north about seven miles past Kountze City, to FM 420, and then drive east for about two and a half miles. Once you get to the park, the best place to begin your visit is at the visitor center where you can get oriented by viewing a 15-minute educational film about the cultural and natural history of the area.
One of the things that visitors learn is that the park was authorized as a national preserve on October 11, 1974, was later designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and after that in 2001 further designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. It is no surprise then that one of the favorite recreational activities in the park is birdwatching.
Other recreational activities that visitors can get to enjoy include boating, camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and interpretive programs. These activities are facilitated by several conveniences that include restrooms, picnic area, information center, boat ramp, backcountry campground, and a self-guiding tour.
Visitors with dogs can bring them into Big Thicket National Preserve, but as usual, they will have to follow standard park rules. Some of the rules regarding dogs that need to be remembered include ensuring that dogs are always on a leash and that dogs are kept away from restricted areas of the national preserve.