Established as railroad town 1881. Seat of Hardin County, an
area more than 89 percent forested that produces over 5.5 million
board feet of lumber yearly.
Kountze describes itself as The Big Light in The Big Thicket-that
vast area of tangled, often impenetrable woods, streams and marshes,
portions of which are now protected as the Big Thicket National
- BIG THICKET INFORMATION STATION-Details about the Big
Thicket National Preserve, interpretive panels, information on
trails and boating. Open daily except Christmas; 7 mi. 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 mi.; F.M. 421 east 1.2 mi. 409/287-3300.
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