Legally Foraging in Texas

Public places to forage legally are somewhat limited in Texas. 

You are NOT allowed to pick plants or mushrooms from city parks, state parks, national parks, city nature trails, nature preserves, state historic sites, or any other "public" property without permission.
Fines for illegally harvesting plants or mushrooms start at $500 and can go to $2100.
  1. You can harvest the above-ground part of plants from Texas roadsides. You can not dig up plants.
  2. You are allowed to harvest 1 gallon of mushrooms per person per day, for private use only, in the four National Forests of Texas - Sam Houston NF, Davy Crockett NF, Angelina NF, and Sabine NF. You can not pick other plants without first getting a park ranger's permission.
  3. You can harvest 1 pint of fruit, nuts, or berries per person per day for personal use from the Big Thicket National Preserve.
  4. You can harvest plants from private property with the landowner's permission. You can find a list of campsites and other private properties which allow foraging HERE.

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