Big Thicket National Preserve, is announcing modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. First of all the good news. Outdoor spaces throughout the national preserve, primarily in Liberty and Hardin County, remain accessible. Where possible, adhere to the latest health guidance, outdoor spaces, including hiking trails and paddling routes in the preserve, are open. However, as of Friday Big Thicket National Preserve will offer NO services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Big Thicket National Preserve, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state of Texas and Hardin county orders: • The preserve visitor center and headquarters complex in Kountze are closed to the public. • All ranger-led programs, public events, volunteer workdays, and group programming is cancelled until further notice. • The issuance of new backcountry camping permits and trapping permits are suspended.
But those with active backcountry camping permits and current trapping permits may continue to operate through the duration of their permit period. For Changes go to their website: www.nps.gov/bith and on Facebook @BigThicketNPS.