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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: Kayaking, Birdwatching, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Canoeing
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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Preservation of a Big Ole Swamp

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 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 

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Brenham, Texas
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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.

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West University Place, Texas
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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