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Big Thicket National Preserve

Bald cypress and water tupelo dominate the preserve.

The Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas (north of Beaumont) and contains 35,000 acres of wetlands. The Big Thicket is a unique place to camp, with ample opportunities for hiking and canoeing. The campsites are primitive and visitors are encouraged to access the sites by hiking, biking, canoeing or riding horseback. Free camping permits can be obtained at the visitor center. There are more than 40 miles of hiking trails and virtually unlimited canoeing. If bird-watching is your thing, there are some 185 species of birds that either live in the preserve or migrate through it.

If you are canoeing or kayaking through the preserve, you can camp on one of the many sandbars along your route. As mentioned above, all camping is primitive, so be sure to plan accordingly. Campfires are generally allowed, but there are some restrictions as to where camping is allowed. For more information on visiting this unique eco-treasure, visit the Big Thicket National Preserve website.

Other places to camp that are more suited to those wishing to stay in a cabin or in their RV are Big Thicket Hideaway RV Park and Cabins in the Thicket.