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Big Thicket National Preserve

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Address: 6102 Fm 420 Rd, Kountze, TX 77625-7842
Phone Number:
+1 409-951-6700
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Amazing Diversity

This preserve is truly one of the gems of our national park system. The diversity of life in this area is unbelievable. The visitor's center has some nice exhibits of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did the nature hike and cypress trail. If you are in the area and want to do some hiking i would recommend it, but i wouldn't drive out of my way. While trails are nicely maintained and it was peaceful i didn't think it compared to other "National" preserves i have visited. The trails i did were basically a... More 

Thank joe s
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This preserve is truly one of the gems of our national park system. The diversity of life in this area is unbelievable. The visitor's center has some nice exhibits of the different zones and the things that you'll see in the preserve as well as a nice introductory video. With our limited time we chose to hike the sundew trail... More 

Thank DrJim2
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several sections to the Big Thicket. We did the Kirby Nature Trail. It was an easy walk with lots of big pine and cypress trees. The trail was in great condition, although it might be muddy after a rain. We saw a few little fish and a turtle, but no other wildlife. There is a nice visitors' center... More 

Thank CKT808
Whitehouse, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An incredible array of plants, trees and birds inhabit the area. The visitor center workers were very helpful. The trails were beautifully maintained and meandered through densely wooded habitats. I loved seeing carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant and the sundew.

Thank msray53
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While driving past on our 2 day trip home, we saw sign for visitor center and stopped. Although we were only there about 30 minutes, we learned much about this area through the center displays and 15 minute film. Wish we could have spent the day here exploring the trails!

Thank Cindy E
Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Thoughts on the Big Thicket National Preserve: 1. We really liked this. It was free to get in and the Rangers were very helpful. 2. Many paths are Disabled accessible, especially the shorter ones. 3. There was a lot to see - there are several different habitats or micro-biomes. For instance, on one trail we were walking along and there... More 

2 Thank Andy G
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Spending some time in a campground nearby while working in the area. I love it out here for the peace and quiet and good places to hike.

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

My family loves visiting National Park sites so on a recent trip from East Tennessee to San Antonio we stopped by Big Thicket National Preserve. We were coming from interstate 10 and the visitor center is about 30 miles north through Beaumont so it was a significant detour. Our kids really enjoy the Junior Ranger program so we requested a... More 

Thank GoVols79
Richmond, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

They have all levels of trails. These are very well maintained. Very friendly rangers, and nice visitors center. The forest is gorgeous, and extremely diverse. Free entrance.

Thank Maria K
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Hiked 12 miles north of Kountze on the Kirby Nature Trail (by the old Staley log cabin), down to the Village Creek footbridge. Excellent view of the tall bald Cypress trees down in the cypress slough. Great place for photos and off-trail camping. Bigfoot visits the area in the winter (when he migrates south). I hike here at least once... More 

1 Thank Doyle W

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