Big Thicket National Preserve, Woodlands Trail

Livingston, Texas

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The Big Thicket National Preserve, managed by the National Park Service, was created to protect the complex biological diversity of a once-vast combination of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow, and blackwater swamp. This unique area is created by the confluence of the southwest deserts, central plains, eastern forests, and southeastern swamps, where changes in elevation of a few feet can produce a dramatic change in vegetation. The biological diversity includes eighty-five tree species, more than sixty shrubs, twenty-six ferns, twenty orchids, and four carnivorous plants. Some 186 species of birds live here or migrate through, and there are fifty reptile species. The preserve includes twelve scattered units covering 97,550 acres, and there are eight hiking trails, varying in length from about a mile up to 18 miles. The Woodlands Trail crosses a great variety of habitats, including the Big Sandy Creek floodplain and dense stands of hardwood.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)

The Big Thicket National Preserve, managed by the National Park Service, was created to protect the complex biological diversity of a once-vast combination of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow, and blackwater swamp. This unique area is created by the confluence of the southwest deserts, central plains, eastern forests, and southeastern swamps, where changes in elevation of a few feet can produce a dramatic change in vegetation.

The biological diversity includes eighty-five tree species, more than sixty shrubs, twenty-six ferns, twenty orchids, and four carnivorous plants. Some 186 species of birds live here or migrate through, and there are fifty reptile species. The preserve includes twelve scattered units covering 97,550 acres, and there are eight hiking trails, varying in length from about a mile up to 18 miles. The Woodlands Trail crosses a great variety of habitats, including the Big Sandy Creek floodplain and dense stands of hardwood.

©  Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Livingston
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.7 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 230 feet
Top Elevation: 250 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Big Thicket National Preserve
Local Maps: National Park Service Big Thicket Woodlands Trail
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Thicket National Preserve, Woodlands Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2010
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Nice path some areas are over taken by weeds, and theres alot of down trees and debris on the path, theres a nice scenic creek along part of the path all in all I enjoyed the woodlands trail.



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