Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary
updated 6/26/2021


June 25, 2021: More than twenty members and guests braved the hot humid weather to collect more than thirty species of mushrooms. Thank you David Lewis for organizing and leading the event.
January 23, 2021: More than. twenty members and guests enjoyed the cool weather hiking, botanizing, and birding. Scouts from troops 511 and 1511 groomed trails and worked on badges.


Note: The fifty year old suspension bridge crossing Mill Brook at the Triangle has been flagged with "danger" barrier tape owing to failed hand rails.

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 LTNS species lists

Cullinan Meadow
Big Meadow
Entrance Sign

 ONC owns a nature preserve, the Litle Thicket Nature Sanctuary (LTNS) which comprises 655 acres of wilderness with trails and flowing creeks through quiet forests of huge magnolias, towering pines, holly, and dogwood. It is located about an hour and a half drive northeast of Houston near Evergreen, Texas in the San Jacinto National Forest. There are five meadows comprising a little more than fifty acres and more than twenty miles of foot trails and undeveloped roads. The meadows, roads, trails, and approximately six miles of fence are maintained by hard working volunteers. The remaining area is left as natural forest land. A building houses exhibits and provides a gathering place for members. The LTNS is a natural haven for many local nesting birds and a virtual paradise for botanists. ONC's publication, "Vascular Flora of the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary," written by ONC members Charles Peterson and Dr. Larry Brown, identifies over 400 plant species found in the sanctuary

During the fall and spring seasons, members participate in monthly "open houses" when we, and visitors, spend a weekend hiking, exploring, and just plain enjoying the sanctuary. Many camp, though the camp sites are primitive.

Members are eligible to obtain the combination to the gate after undergoing orientation at the sanctuary. With gate access, members can enjoy the sanctuary at any time.

The shelter contains an extensive collection of reference books and field guides including those of the Richard L. Brister Memorial Library.

Besides volunteers, It takes money to maintain the equipment and facilities. Please consider a tax deductible donation. Make checks payable to Outdoor Nature Club and mail to ONC, PO Box 1014, Bellaire, TX 77402-1014. Thanks.

How to get there: 95k PDF file. Note, the gate is locked and the sign is not up by the side of the road except during visitors' weekends. Note the entrance is through the gate to the left (north) of the chain link fence which belongs to our neighbor.
Here is the trail map.


Wetland on Cullinan Meadow
Tiger Swallowtail
Bluebonnets on King's Hill