KOUNTZE Population - 2,234 Altitude - 85


The Big Thicket - great for hiking and canoeing! but be careful it often impenetrable.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 Preserve.

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 miles (409)297-3300,

Timber Ridge Tours-

See (Silsbee).


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