National Preserve

Big Thicket Dog Policy

Big Thicket National Preserve is Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Big Thicket National Preserve encompasses multiple types of habitats in southeastern Texas, and is the home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. There are a number of hiking trails and waterways that wind through the preserve.

Big Thicket National Preserve is dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on trails, at back-country campsites, and in most areas of the park. Note that hunting is allowed here, so please exercise caution. Dogs are not allowed to hunt with you, with the exception of retrievers retrieving waterfowl.


Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on the extensive trail system while on a leash no longer than 6'.

Campground Policy

There are no established campgrounds, but back-country camping is allowed and dogs on a leash are allowed to camp with you.

Location & Map



Warning: Hunting is allowed at this location. Please be aware of and familiarize yourself with hunting seasons, and exercise appropriate caution with your dog. During hunting season(s), you may also want to consider having your dog wear a blaze orange vest.

For more information on hunting seasons and policies, please see:

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Note: Policies can change -- please make sure to check official dog/pet policies prior to making plans or booking travel.

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