Explore the most popular forest trails in Big Thicket National Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 days ago

First, Alex at the Visitor’s Center couldn’t have been more knowledgeable/helpful. Nice trail but much of it is still closed. Able to hike about 4 miles round trip. At about the 1.75 mile mark the mosquitoes literally hung in the air like a cloud. Just be prepared to douse yourself in repellant! (Nice surprise finding repellant in the sign in/registration box btw).

backpacking
23 days ago

Nice loop, very green and scenic compared with others in the area. Fairly easy hiking, but feels very remote. Lots of wildlife, from rabbits and squirrels to wild hogs and I've seen one deer. I've camped along the creek a couple nights, but even with proper filtering/purification the water sources (creek) aren't safe for human consumption in my experience. Otherwise this would be a great trail to camp along.

Great for a quick jaunt in the outdoors. The trail is pretty short and not challenging, really ideal for a short walk in nature. The trail follows the river pretty well so there are some good views. Not much terrain/elevation, so its an easy trail.

Short and easy trail to take small children on, especially when the wild flowers are in bloom.

good trail easy enough to take my two boys on

I absolutely love this trail! Easy hike for any skill level, with beautiful scenery.

Wonderful walk through not very interesting forest.

backpacking
4 months ago

fun trail. have done it 3x. lightly to moderately trafficed. further you go less people you see.

hiking
4 months ago

We like coming here because it’s only 15min from the house. Good for the whole family.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, secluded lollipop loop along Big Sandy Creek. On the harder side of easy due to length; the terrain is hillier than you might expect for southeast Texas but still pretty flat. Nice mix of bottomland forest and upland forest. A few muddy areas to deal with after a rain but not as bad as some other trails in this area. Overall, a good choice for dayhiking the Big Thicket.

hiking
5 months ago

it was an awesome trail with awesome scenery... well marked and the trail was very nice... I took my 7 year old son!!! will definitely be back to do it again

Hiked the length of the trail today. It was very peaceful, didn't see another person out there all day. For a solitude I give it 5 stars; you might as well be in your own world out there. For maintenance though, I would give it 3 stars, as someone stated earlier, the trailhead is nicely maintained, but the trails not so much. This really doesn't bother me too much just shows how little the trail there is utilized. The thing that did bother me though was the complete lack of signage. With no blazes or markers of any type, at times the trail can be confusing. The map that is provided is for the horse trail out there and does not even show the actual hiker path. I finished up on the trail early and stopped by the big thicket visitors center to ask about the lack of signage, thinking maybe much of it was lost due to flooding from Harvey. When I asked about It, the ranger on duty sheepishly told me that there really had never been any and that this trail is the least of the maintained in the big thicket system. He did say it was on the to do list of the park though...
All in all though, it is a great hike that takes you through some beautiful landscape and provides plenty of solitude and a chance to recharge the batteries after a crazy hetic week. I will definitely be back...

trail running
6 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

this trail is great. I can not count the times I have hiked it and camped on the creek. Not recommended in summer as ticks and chiggers are rampant. fall, winter, and spring are great. Great day hike. seen hogs, snakes, deer, ect....

Mosquitos and deer flies and a lot of mud. Be careful not to go anywhere from 2 weeks after a rain.

hiking
11 months ago

Wear bug spray as there are an insane amount of mosquitos. Unfortunately bug spray won't do a great job of keeping the deer flies away from your ankles and calves. Expect plenty of deer fly bites.

if you just want a nice walk it's great but nothing to see.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Great hike, especially starting early in the day.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This is a great trail for small walks. It is named after the sundews which are small carnivorous plants. This trail also has quite a few pitcher plants which are also carnivorous.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's one of my favorite hiking days and the first good long hike! Odd that I hadn't saved it here.
We parked one vehicle at Kirby TH and hiked from the Turkey Creek TH. We did walk up on some wild hogs this day!

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Not much change in landscape. Good for a long hike

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

easy for beginners. easy to get to. good veiws.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Very short and easy trail..great if you have little ones...0.40-0.45 miles in and 0.40-0.45 miles back.

trail running
Monday, January 30, 2017

Was a very good trail that I ran and was recommended from the park employee at the park store. The trail at the time of fall/winter/ before spring, alot of brown and trees without leaves. I bet during spring and summer it's gorgeous! Was also able to get a National parks passport while at the park store and was taught how it is used. Pretty excited and ready to use it!

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is a gem in the forest. Very well marked, with maps at the trailhead. The cypress trees are impressive, especially when you reach the cypress grove. We saw only one other group. Restrooms at the trailhead are very clean.

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We hiked this today, and it was beautiful! We didn't see anyone else on the trail. There are downed trees just past Bench C. It's hard to see past them, but step over them and you'll be back on the trail. At Bench F, the map portion of the bench is missing. There is a bridge to the right of Bench F (if you're sitting on the bench), and that is the way you want to go to continue on the trail.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This trail is beautiful absolutely love. It's enclosed in the woods trees, squirrels, and all kinds of little critter. I'd recommend camping out if you can there's plenty of exploring to be had.

trail running
Monday, September 05, 2016

Great trail for a short hike or run. Pretty view and well maintained.

Monday, September 05, 2016

A little over grown but nice easy hike

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