The 4.0 mile Cooks Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail will provide families and friends with a great opportunity to experience the biological diversity of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Paddlers will experience beautiful cypress and tupelo forests that will make them feel like early explorers without actually paddling too far from civilization. This is a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official Paddling Trail.
The Big Thicket Association operates the "Ivory Bill", a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.
The Thicket of Diversity project is dedicated to biological field research in the Big Thicket National Preserve, coordinating activities of field biologists doing species inventory and research projects.