Kountze, Texas was
originally established as a railroad town in 1881. Seat
of Hardin County, Kountze boasts an area of more than 89
percent forested lush green terrain!!! Local area produces over 3.5 million board
feet of lumber annually.
Kountze describes itself as: "The Big Light in The
Big Thicket" - a Thicket
is that vast area of tangled, often impenetrable woods,
streams and marshes. Now portions of this thicket are a
nationally protected as the Big Thicket National
Big Thicket Information Station-
This center provide extensive
details about the Big Thicket National Preserve,
interpretive panels, information on trails and boating.
Open daily except Christmas; Located 7 miles north of
Kountze on F.M. 420.
Pelt Pond Rural Life Museum-
Features folk art, artifacts, and
other media to preserve the pioneer spirit of rural East
Texas. In scenic Big Thicket area, exhibits also include
farm animals. Open Apr. - Nov. Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. From
Kountze, Texas 326 south 13 miles; F.M, 421 cast 1.2
Timber Ridge Tours-