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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, offers 40...

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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Boy Scout trip

We have visited the visitors center several times and walked the nature trails. The Big Thicket is very beautiful and always great to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary E
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the visitors center several times and walked the nature trails. The Big Thicket is very beautiful and always great to visit.

Thank Mary E
Humble, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a little-known secret out in Kountze, TX. I visited my grandfather out there dozens of times, and never knew this was here. Seriously, you got to see it. First, if you're from this area, watch the historical video they offer at the visitor's center. There is no scheduled showing since there is so little traffic going to this... More 

Thank wrldtrvlr72LT
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My favorite part of the hike was encountering a spanish style chapel watching a hummingbird try to escape back in the woods. Untouched nature great place to meditate hike preferably spring or fall

Thank LaCanadagirl
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 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 

1 Thank cbeehn
Los Angeles, California
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1,426 reviews
774 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 744 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

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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153 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

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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164 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

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 56 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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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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

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