Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze
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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... read more »
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
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 scen... read more »
I thought National Preserves were just wild stretches of forest, but the trails and visitor center here taught me otherwise. They have a really fun introductory video in a little theater, an amazing little store with books and exploration products, and a great little display area teaching visitors all about the various ecosystems. There are truly extensive trails too! We went right after a heavy rain, and the friendly guides helped us choose routes where we could stay relatively dry. And the nature itself - stunning! Beautiful whispering pines - ineffable!
We took our Cub Scout group for a hike this past spring and had a great experience. There are an abundance of trails that can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced hikers alike. We took the boys on the Kirby Nature trail which gives glimpses of 4 completely different ecosystems. We knew we were in for a treat when not 2 minuets into our hike we came across a king snake just off the edge of the trail (the boys all thought that was "sooooo cool") One of the great things about the Big Thicket is it is located at the intersection of two major migratory flyways so there are always an abundance of bird species that you can spot. It really was a great experience being able to get away from the hustle and bustle, slow the pace down, and be able to appreciate the natural beauty of our area.
Took the family to the Woodlands Trail south of the Alabama Couchatta reservation a few days ago. Despite the 103 degree afternoon it was pleasant hiking through the forest. The variety of hardwoods was a change from the typical Loblolly pines of the area. The trail was a bit rough in some areas, but we only saw two other people over the 5 mile hike. This is a great hike close to Livingston. The only caveat is to put on some bug repellent for the ticks and mosquitoes.
This is a great place to do some fishing and hang out near the water. This location isn't set up for swimming, but bring a canoe or kayak and enjoy some of the best fishing in the area for crappie, brim, catfish, and bass in the cove. It also has a permanent grill to cook your lunch.
The main section of the park is wonderful for strolls through the woods, birdwatching, or backpacking. I often backpack in a few miles and camp around Sandhill Loop (though they just did a control burn there last month, so it is pretty charred for now). It's also a great place for long exposure photography at night, since there is much less light pollution that far from Beaumont and Lumberton.
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