If you're a fan of amazingly green places, we have just the place for you. Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas has over 40 miles of trails, paddling, and so many amazingly tall trees, you'll be overwhelmed by its beauty. The park has trails for all experience levels from .3 miles for beginners to 18 mile round trip journeys for more experienced hikers.
The gorgeous preserve has several paddling entrances and routes. Some of them are 5 miles long and others are a little longer at 7 miles long and you can rent paddles at one of the many outposts and prices for paddling vary. No matter which route you choose, you are guaranteed to find some amazing views along the way.
The stunning nature trails are surrounded by cypress and tupelo trees. You can go fishing at any of their creeks and boats are also up to rentals.
There are no designated camping spots on the preserve but backpackers are allowed to stay the night as long as they pick up their free camping permit at the visitor center. To keep things safe, camping groups are only allowed to house up to eight people. You can camp near the creek and rivers as long are you're at least 25 feet away from the water.
The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for on major holidays. Entry to the preserve and most of their recreational passes are free year-round.
Big Thicket National Preserve is located at FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625. For more information on the preserve including all of the amazing stuff, there is to do, you can visit their website here.
Big Thicket National Preserve
Address: FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625
Why you need to go: This preserve is amazingly green with tons of great trails that people can explore. You can also hike, camp, and paddle.