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Renowned as the "biological crossroads of North America," Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home to a variety of unique plants and animals. Four of the five carnivorous plants in North America can be found here as can more than 20 types of orchids. In addition to rare plants, nearly 186 species of birds live or migrate ...
Renowned as the "biological crossroads of North America," Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home to a variety of unique plants and animals. Four of the five carnivorous plants in North America can be found here as can more than 20 types of orchids. In addition to rare plants, nearly 186 species of birds live or migrate through the preserve, including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and swallow-tailed kite. Several species of snakes, including the Louisiana pine snake, and even a small population of alligators also can be found at Big Thicket. For more information see The Conservation Fund website.

The Preserve consists of nine land units:
(1) Big Sandy Creek Unit
(2) Hickory Creek Savannah Unit
(3) Loblolly Unit
(4) Lance Rosier Unit: Big Thicket Field Research Station
(5) Beaumont Unit: The Lakeview Sandbar in this Unit is a popular swimming beach.
(6) Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit
(7) Turkey Creek Unit: See the Big Bend Chat website for information about the Turkey Creek Trail.
(8) Beech Creek Unit
(9) CanyonLands Unit

and six water corridors:
(10) Menard Creek Corridor Unit
(11) Big Sandy Creek Corridor Unit
(12) Little Pine Island - Pine Island Bayou Corridor Unit
(13) Lower Neches River Corridor Unit
(14) Village Creek Corridor Unit: Sandyland Sanctuary
(15) Upper Neches River Corridor Unit

More information about different units and trails can be found on Canoeing the Big Thicket or the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages or Hiking & Birdwatching in the Livingston Area.
Some books that provide you with more information: "The Big Thicket Guidebook Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas". and "Big Thicket Plant Ecology: An Introduction"
This is the official Park Map by the National Park Service.
Renowned as the "biological crossroads of North America," Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home to a variety of unique plants and animals. Four of the five carnivorous plants in North America can be found here as can more than 20 types of orchids. In addition to rare plants, nearly 186 species of birds live or migrate ...

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