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Address: 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX
Phone Number: 409-951-6700
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service...

Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service, offers 40 miles of hiking trails. You can go birding in spring or fall. Rent canoes or kayaks to explore the lakes and bayous. Big Thicket has hunting part of the year, off-road biking the rest of the year.

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Hiking in the Big Thicket

We are fortunate to now live in east Texas. Home of the Big Thicket National Preserve Loving nature as we do, we've adopted two of the trails for occasional inspection and trash... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are fortunate to now live in east Texas. Home of the Big Thicket National Preserve Loving nature as we do, we've adopted two of the trails for occasional inspection and trash pick up. I'm sure most people would tend to think, Why would I want to go to the small town area of the east Texas big thinket region.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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1,382 reviews
754 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 719 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be sure to stop in the visitor center before you set out to explore the park. There you can pick up a free junior ranger booklet for kids of all ages, talk to a ranger about trail conditions (there are 40 miles of trails in the park and they get flooded in the spring), what flowers are blooming and where... More 

Thank Saranger
Jemez Pueblo NM
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149 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This preserve marks the little bit of lush East Texas remaining along the waterways feeding into the Neches River bordering Louisiana. Once a huge swampy forest area, there is only a small portion remaining that has not been drained, cut, and plowed under. The wildlife exhibits here show the variety of animals and plants that once grew here in abundance.... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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147 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We had a nice visit at the visitor center and decided to do the Kirby and one other... We got a map with numbers on it so expected signs or an audio tour while on the trail... But there was nothing... Since we are from the Pacific Northwest region of the country we learned nothing as we took the mile... More 

Thank Don H
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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103 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

What a magical place! We only had time for a quick visit to the Visitors Center, but we will be back with our canoe! So many opportunities for canoeing, bird watching, camping, in this preserved swamp, which was originally huge but has been mostly drained by short-sighted ignorant people. Highly recommended if you enjoy outdoors activities. Will return with our... More 

1 Thank Diane_E_A
Brenham, Texas
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were only able to stop by the visitors' center as we were there during a flood. Nice exhibits, even a short film we didn't have time to see and a small gift shop. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. We will be back to hike some trails next time we are in the area.

1 Thank PartimeTravel
West University Place, Texas
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society visited 2 of the area in the preserve looking for native ferns. In the Turkey Creek Unit we identified 13 different species of ferns.

1 Thank HoustonPat
Austin, TX
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Established in 1974, the Nation's first preserve is spread out over a large number of acres and miles in deep East Texas so it can be confusing when deciding where to start. First, visit the preserve's website (http://www.nps.gov/bith/index.htm) and then begin your actual visit at the headquarters 8 miles north of Kountze, Texas. The Park Ranger on duty is your... More 

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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My parents had been complaining it is too "dry" in Houston after they moved from San Francisco Bay Area to join me. They got used to the huge red wood national parks in Bay Area. But in Houston, they are living in urban developed land. So I picked Big Thicket for the 1st family trip in Texas. I am glad... More 

3 Thank Kathy D
Norman, Oklahoma
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512 reviews
211 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was our second visit to this area around Kuntze. Nice exhibits (a few were out of order) at the visitor center and plenty of books and brochures. Our visit was in late August and it is very hot and humid and the insects including Mosquitos are very active. In spite of the discomfort we enjoyed the Kirby trail, sundew... More 

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