In Big Thicket, you’ll be able to choose from 1,234,512,354,012,845 different campgrounds! “Why this very strange number” you might ask? Well, basically we just typed a bunch of random figures to represent that the number is essentially infinite! Technically speaking, there are no developed campgrounds here, but we take that to mean that pretty much anywhere you drop your pack is a legitimate site! Provided you possess a valid Backcountry Use Permit of course (obtained at the Visitor Center). Just make sure to come prepared, hike in lots of water, hike out all the trash, and let Big Thicket National Preserve be your camping oyster!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


Fishing is allowed everywhere within Big Thicket National Preserve, as long as you have a current Texas State Fishing License. ...Read more


With approximately 40 miles of hiking trails through Big Thicket National Preserve, hikers are able to check out many different...Read more


Looking to take a paddle along the river? The Village Creek and the Neches River provide many paddling options for canoes and k...Read more

Wildlife watching

Big Thicket National Preserve is a great location for birdwatching. The preserve is in the path of 2 major migratory bird flywa...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Big Thicket Backcountry.

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Hipcamper Tertius
Tertius C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 6th, 2017

Correction on the description: Fires are allowed and you can gather firewood to make them. Pets are allowed as well.

Many great places to hammock or set up a tent.

Hipcamper Mandy
Mandy G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 15th, 2017

Correction on the description: Having no developed campgrounds does not mean you should take that as an infinite number of camping options. "Anywhere you drop your pack" isn't the best advice to give for a National Preserve. I suggest visiting and reading the camping regulations or visit the rangers at the visitor's center if you're dropping by. There ARE rules.

I have canoed down Village Creek & camped in the Big Sandy Creek Unit. It's a great stretch of water w/some decent obstacles along the way. The sugar white sandbars are plentiful & are perfect for stopping for breaks & are acceptable camping spots. BUG SPRAY is a must. Campfires are allowed unless there is a burn ban. It's a great place to get away from everything!

Hipcamper Peg G.
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August 1st, 2017
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July 31st, 2017
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January 26th, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve
United States
Phone Number
409-951- 6700
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30.547° N, 94.34° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)

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