Big Thicket National Preserve announces Visitor Center holiday closures

Published 7:20 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

Special to The Leader


KOUNTZE, Texas – Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced today that the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center, located approximately 8 miles north of Kountze, Texas at 6102 FM 420, will be closed on: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017, Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018.  All trails, hunting areas, and recreational access points throughout the preserve will remain open. Preserve day-use-areas are open from dawn to dusk.  The preserve visitor center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except for January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25 of each year. For more information, visit the preserve website at .

Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas, near the city Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram