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0.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Very Easy

Δ Elevation (FT)


USGS Quad Map(s):  Big Thicket National Preserve Topo Map

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Big Thicket Birdwatchers’ Trail


  • Cedar Waxwings in Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas.

Activities & Features


The Birdwatchers' Trail is a very easy 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. The preserve says "the Birdwatcher’s Trail, located at the confluence of Menard Creek and the Trinity River, is 0.5 miles long. It provides a good view of the sandbars along the Trinity River and good opportunities to see shorebirds, raptors, and migrant songbirds." 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.

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

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