With its dense vegetation and diverse wildlife, Big Thicket is the perfect destination for the wild at heart. The preserve features an unusual mix of ecosystems spread across 15 park units in seven counties. Its diverse habitats, which range from sand hills to swamps, host a wide array of wildlife, including breeding grounds for many native animals, such as the American alligator, blue crab and roseate spoonbill.
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Report A Legacy Threatened NPCA's photo book shows the damage to parks caused by the 2017 hurricanes.
Video NPCA Find Your Voice: Big Thicket National Parks belong to you. See how a group of young advocates in Texas learned how to explore, protect, and advocate for their park as a part of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Find Your Voice initiative.
Report Texas Pride This report profiles the 13 national park sites here in Texas, visited annually by nearly 5.5 million people. They are the pride of our state and economic boons to local communities, with national park tourism providing nearly 5,000 jobs and $308 million annually for state and local economies.
Report Center for State of the Parks: Big Thicket National Preserve Current overall conditions of Big Thicket’s known natural resources rated a “fair” score of 69 out of 100. Overall conditions of the park’s known cultural resources rated 42 out of a possible 100, indicating “poor” conditions.