Looking for a great trail in Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Big Thicket National Preserve ranging from 0.9 to 9.8 miles and from 9 to 282 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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A Convergence of Ecosystems Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.

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17 days ago

We started from the trailhead at the parking lot towards the boardwalk. The boardwalk and the pitcher plants were beautiful. We continued on the trail and passed the first junction with Turkey Trail. That was well marked. The second junction of the trail with Turkey Creek Trail was not well marked. We ended up losing the Pitcher Plant trail and going down further south on the Turkey Creek trail. Just a caution for trail goers — trail needs better markings.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for a family hike. Bring bug repellent and water.

nice trail for a family stroll. definitely need good bug spray and of course water.

great trail but bring the bug spray and all your water.

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4 months ago

What an amazing hike with so much beauty. It’s peaceful and quiet with water and benches to stop and rest. The park officials are very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for this well maintained beautiful trail. ✌

This is a short loop trail, but you can find many native plants along the way!

Not a hard trail. Nice area

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muddy
5 months ago

Be prepared for mud! Beautiful trail easy to follow.

nice short trail

02-18-2019 Much of the vegetation and foliage was still dormant in mid-February. Still pretty however. No bugs. Saw butterworts, but no bladderwort or sundews.

02-17-2019 No sundews in mid-February, but no bugs either.

02-17-2019 All the pitcher plants were still dead in mid-February. No bugs though. Looking forward to coming back in March - April when the pitchers are supposed to flower.

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

Love This Trail! We went in about a mile this morning. Absolutely Beautiful, trail was high and dry to where we turned around. Only met 1 person riding a horse, no other people.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail and very kid friendly.

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muddy
7 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Peaceful and well maintained. No possible way to get lost. The trails are wide and shady for the most part. Saw a snake and a possum. A little bit of water on the trail but easy to get around. We were the only ones there.

My arrival at the head of the Beaver Slide Trail, an eerily narrow opening into the boggy cypress bottoms of the Big Thicket National Preserve’s Big Sandy Creek Unit, coincided with the rising of a chilly winter morning's sun.  With the sun at my back and a half moon hanging drearily above, I entered into the forest alone, carrying only my leather bound notebook, a 1 litre bottle of water, my camera, and my trusty Walther issued S&W .40 to fend off any hostile wildlife that may not be as respectful of my presence as I of theirs. The blue sky quickly became enveloped by dense grey clouds and the trail ahead had been flooded by the constant Texas rains of late, yet, being a man of conviction, I persisted on, wading through the cold murky waters and surrounding myself with the tranquil beauty that is so abundant in the foreboding depths of the Big Thicket.  Being my first time here I didn't wander too far from the beaten path but, I assure you, next time I come I will let nature be my guide as I wander ever closer towards the heartbeat of the divine.

hiking
8 months ago

First time out on this trail. Super muddy from recent rains and we finally gave up and turned around. Hoping to try again soon. Hiking poles did help in the mud. There is a restroom at the trailhead.....more like a permanent port-a-potty but still appreciated.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail was beautiful and very well maintained. You can see woodpeckers and plenty of wildlife as well as some beautiful views of cypress knees in a swamp like environment. I would highly recommend.

We did this trail the day after Thanksgiving. Near perfect conditions. Best part was Ranger Alex’s guidance and narrative. He is terrific.

The Cypress Slough portion of this trail gave me a reverent, cathedral feeling, not unlike Muir Woods. Highly recommend this hike.

Came to this trail to experience fall colors and was not disappointed. Many beech and overcup oak trees, a few red maple provide fall color. Many large magnolia trees, American holly and dense underbrush also surround the trail. Found the trailhead deserted on a pleasant day in late November, had the trail to ourselves. The trail is well maintained with a few benches added for resting areas. Didn't see any wildflowers, but there was a profusion of mushrooms of every shape and size including shelf mushrooms, coral mushrooms, red and white toadstools, chanterelles and toadstools up to a foot high. This is prime snake habitat with lots of leaf litter and rotting logs. We saw a Texas rat snake, garter snake, an unidentified snake disappearing into the leaves, and finally a 4 ft long timber rattlesnake stretched halfway across the trail. Watch the trail closely as these guys blend in really well! Kids were thrilled to see these, which were sluggish and not at all aggressive, although not everyone would be as thrilled!

10 months ago

Nice sunny Saturday walk. Easy for these out of towners to follow and our dog loved it. A bit mucky, but it is November after all

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11 months ago

Great for the beaters It made me feel like yarn

We've hiked this trail several times. Nice area. Great for a day hike!

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