Big Thicket Sandhill Loop Trail

  • Prickly Pear Cactus are common along the Sandhill Loop Trail Trail in Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas.


Bird Watching

Dogs Yes

1.5 (miles)



Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Sandhill Loop is an 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 "from the Kirby Nature Trail, cross the bridge over Village Creek and follow the Turkey Creek Trail north for 0.8 mile to reach the Sandhill Loop Trail. This trail makes a loop of 1.25 miles through a forest of longleaf pines. You may also see prickly pear cactus and yucca along this trail. The Turkey Creek Trail continues north from the Sandhill Loop Trail. " 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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