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Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze

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  • 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.  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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 m...  more »
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  • Beautiful! Love the peacefulness and being surrounded by all the nature. It's great listening for the wildlife or seeing tracks at times cross the hiking path.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful and well kept up! Gorgeous! !