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Address: 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX
Phone Number: 409-951-6700
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting
Description: Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service, offers...
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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Nature preserve

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
HoustonPat
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West University Place, Texas
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West University Place, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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.

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Austin, TX
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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428 reviews 428 reviews
181 attraction reviews
391 helpful votes 391 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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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

love the area but they are improving the side trails so construction takes away from the nature loving part.

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Napa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This preserve is so easy to access and you will be surprised at the diversity of the plants and trees. Easy access to all paths and the still of the forest is awesome!

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Southold, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Just in time, the last remnants of a once huge wild area unique in North America, are being forever preserved. For sightseers, campers, canoeists, photographers, nature enthusiasts and birders the Big Thicket National Preserve is a must see. The Preserve is well maintained, run by a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and the facilities are top notch.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

In this very developed part of Texas, it is great to find wonderful hiking in such a natural setting. The Big Thicket is what this part of Texas would look like if it wasn't for the rampant development and it is a great escape for the city-dwellers in Houston and Beaumont. I always take the Turkey Creek Trail because it... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We took two trails, both with our dogs. The first we did was the Kirby Nature Trail, which was a very mellow and pretty walk. It was completely flat, so it was easy and not overly-strenuous for our 14 year old golden retriever. It was incredibly lush and pretty. The Kirby Nature Trail has the cypress trees the Reserve is... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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185 reviews 185 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

First you visit the Visitors Center to learn about this wonderful area. Then take a hike down the Kirby trail for an unforgetable view of the HUGE pines, magnolias, and many other trees as well as the slough. It is an awesome and moving experience.

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