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Big Thicket National Preserve

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Address: 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX
Phone Number: +1 409-951-6700
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Plenty of outdoor activities and good for all ages

We headed there without much planning, stopped first at the visitor center and received helpful suggestions. We hiked for about 4 hours, starting in the Kirby trail (drive from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Omar N
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Galveston, Texas
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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We headed there without much planning, stopped first at the visitor center and received helpful suggestions. We hiked for about 4 hours, starting in the Kirby trail (drive from the visitor center ~2 miles, following signs). The Kirby trail was easy to hike, lot of vegetation which made it chillier than expected (not too cold, just comfortable). Make sure to... More 

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Mission
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We went in the visitor's center and looked around and were given a map .The park rangers were very helpful. There are very few road, if you really want to take advantage of what is there you will have to do some walking. Better to visit when it is cooler ntoin the summer in the mid-afternoon.

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Glen Rose, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Really nice welcome center for the National Forest. Love the rockers out front. The ranger is very helpful and knowledgeable! Great visit and must drop in if you are in the area

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

We watched a good video at the Visitor Center and then took the park ranger's advice on hikes. The first one was beautiful but EXTREMELY buggy. There were lots of benches for sitting to enjoy the scenery but there was no way we were going to sit still! The second one, The Sundew Trail, was less buggy. We didn't see... More 

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Logan, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Rented canoes from Eastex Canoe Trails and floated part of the Village Creek corridor. It was just our family on a very peaceful stretch of cypress preserve. We stopped on a sunny, sandbar and made a sand castle city. Water is a dark brown color due to sediments in the water. We saw blue heron and other water birds along... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Our visit was short - wish we would have budgeted more time to do trails. Stop in the visitors center first at 6102 FM 420, Kountze, Texas 77625. The phone is 409-951-6700. Really nice selection of books on botany and life in the preserve, and a quick 15-minute movie to get in the mindset. Staff in the center can advise... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

My family really enjoyed the visit to the vistor center. The ranger was helpful and very nice. He recommended a trail that was easy and short for me to walk. We picked up a book of different routes to take. We ended up taking a dirt road that was so beautiful.

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Nederland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Just finished an 8 mile hike today combining the Kirby Nature Trail and the "Sandhill Loop" on the Turkey Creek Trail that connects. Great hiking conditions and the foliage is just coming out of their winter dormancy. Very few pest, birds are coming in and for the first time witnessed leaf cutter ants stocking in their colony. Pictures attached so... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

First time here and we loved it! Great rangers - very helpful and talkative. We did the Kirby Nature trail, about 2.5 miles on my gps, easy hike, very little elevation changes but great views and bogs. Did run into a cottonmouth, so watch your steps.

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Very convenient to many areas/communities in East Texas. The Visitor Center, north of Kountze, is just off Hwy 69 and offers very educational information and great hiking options. There's plenty of things for families and kids to do to explore the outdoors.

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