Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Sandy Creek Unit - "Beaver Slide Trail"

Trail Notes

Beaver Slide Trail

This trail is approximately 1.5 miles long. It meanders around a series of ponds formed by beaver dams.

The trail provides access to Big Sandy Creek and several excellent fishing ponds. There are many birds and much wildlife (deer, raccoons) along the trail.

Ninety per cent of the winding trail is shaded by the forest canopy. This may be the most primeval feeling area in Polk County. Bring some insect repellant.

Pond under a forest canopy


From Polk County Courthouse (Intersection of Hwy 59 Business and Highway 190)

  1. Go East 12 miles on Hwy 190 to FM 1276

  2. Turn right (South)

  3. Drive 13.7 miles to FM973

  4. Turn right (West)

  5. Drive .4 miles

  6. Turn right at the Big Thicket Preserve sign

Beaver Slide Trail