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Big Thicket National Preserve

6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX
409-951-6700
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As featured in Daytrips from Houston
Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Kountze
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks, Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Birdwatching, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Canoeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Atascadero, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We did 2 walks and one hike while here for a weekend. The Sundew trail was under construction so we couldn't walk the whole thing, but there were multiple other flowers in bloom so it wS still nice. The Pitcher Plant trail was fabulous, the yellow trumpet flowers were in full bloom, very strange looking flowers indeed. Was a very... More

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Beaumont, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I have visited the Big Thicket National Preserve and highly recommend for everyone. There is a lot of history behind this area and you can walk many different trails and experience lush forest and wildlife. Differently worth the the time visit and experience for all ages. The visitor center has numerous interactive exhibits and video and park rangers will be... More

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Austin, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

For those who love nature, the Big Thicket National Preserve is a beautiful, special place. We went to the Pitcher Plant trail and amazing pitcher plants with other flowers. The visitor's center has some excellent educational displays and the young man who was there was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

As retired biologists and forest preserve volunteers at home we are interested in biological diversity so found Big Thicket trails near Lumberton-Kountze extremely interesting. This early in the season (early April) no ticks or mosquitos. Turkey Creek Unit-Kirby Trail and Pitcher Plant Trail: Highlights of the trip. The ranger at the Visitor Center north of Kountze recommended the Pitcher Plant... More

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