Big Thicket Turkey Creek Trail

  • Bald Cypress can be seen along the Turkey Creek Trail in Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas.


Bird Watching

Dogs Yes

14.5 (miles)


Point to Point

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Turkey Creek Trail is a strenuous 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! The preserve says "the Turkey Creek Trail is approximately 14.5 miles long and roughly parallels Turkey Creek. It provides many opportunities for short hikes, lengthy hikes, and backcountry camping. It passes through several ecosystems, from longleaf pine stands to hardwood forests to cypress sloughs. Several trailheads provide access to different areas of the trail. Hikers can begin the Turkey Creek Trail on FM 1943, 3.5 miles west of Warren; at the Pitcher Plant Trail, located 2 miles south of FM 1943 on CR 4850; on CR 4825; along the Gore Store Road, 4 miles east of Hwy 69; and on FM 420 at the Kirby Nature 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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