Hike the North Turkey Creek Trail on Sunday, March 6

North Turkey Creek Trail

Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced the continuation of the 2016 Centennial hiking series. Sunday, March 6 and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide fellow explorers along the unique trail network found in the Big Thicket. These hiking treks, part of Big Thicket National Preserve’s Explore Your Thicket Centennial Club initiative, are expected to be 3-5 miles in length.  Monthly, rangers and Big Thicket Association volunteers will lead a hike on a different portion of the over 40 miles of improved trails within the preserve. 

Sunday, March 6, explore the north end of the Turkey Creek Trail from FM 1943 to the Pitcher Plant Trail and back. The full round-trip distance, including the Pitcher Plant Trail, is 7 miles; hikers can choose to hike a shorter or longer distance. Meet at the Turkey Creek trailhead on FM 1943, 3.5 miles east of Warren at 1:30 p.m. with water and snacks.

All those interested in participating should call the preserve visitor center at (409) 951-6700 to pre-register for this hike not later than Friday, March 4.

This hiking series is part of the preserve’s “Explore Your Thicket - Centennial Club” program. During the 12 months leading up to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service (Aug. 25, 2016), the staff at Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to rediscover your national park.  This program challenges visitors to travel 100/50/25 miles, depending on age, through the preserve during our Centennial year (August 2015 through August 2016).  Participants can paddle, hike, run, jog, travel on horseback, and even trek off-trail through the thicket.  As you explore, you track your mileage and once you reach the targeted miles, contact preserve staff so they can welcome you to the Centennial Club. They can also help you track your miles.  Simply call the visitor’s center and tell them (yes, proudly gloating is OK) what you’ve accomplished.

Looking for other ways to participate in the Big Thicket’s Centennial year?  The Big Thicket Association encourages everyone to participate in its “Share Your Thicket” Centennial Photo Contest while exploring the preserve.  Park visitors are invited to submit photos via Instagram for entry into a yearlong contest using the hashtag #BigThicketPhotoContest.  Monthly winners will be chosen in three categories and displayed in our park visitor center, with an overall winner chosen in the fall of 2016.

More information about all of Big Thicket National Preserve’s 2016 Centennial activities is available at www.nps.gov/bith/getinvolved/centennial-activities.htm.

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at (409) 951-6700. On Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BigThicketNPS; on Twitter, www.twitter.com/BigThicketNPS; and on Instagram, www.instagram.com/BigThicketNPS.

— Big Thicket National Preserve News Release