Big Sandy Trail (BTNPre)

  • Hummingbird in Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas.


Mountain Biking


Bird Watching

Dogs Yes

9 (miles)


Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Big Sandy Trail is a difficult hiking trail in Big Thicket National Preserve near Houston, Texas. This hike is kid friendly and dog friendly, but your furry kids have to be on leash. It's probably too long for those hiker traveling with small children, but that said you don't have to hike the whole thing! This is the only trail in Big Thicket that mountain bikers and equestrians are permitted as well. The preserve says "the Big Sandy Trail is 9 miles long and has more varied topography than other trails in the preserve. It meanders through upland pine forests and beech magnolia, loblolly pine slopes before leading to a floodplain forest of basket oak, sweetgum, hornbeam, and holly. It is the only trail in the preserve that is open to horseback riding and bicycling as well as hiking." Heads up! Hunters use this area too! Make sure to stop in at the visitor center before heading out on any hike in Big Thicket. There are no developed campgrounds in Big Thicket National Preserve, but backcountry camping is available for hikers looking to get off the beaten path.

Red Tape

Entrance Free, Free permit required for backpacking
Contact: Big Thicket National Preserve Headquarters 6044 FM 420 Kountze, TX 77625

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