Established in 1894 by John Henry Kirby as a sawmill town; today
it is the home of the giant Kirby Forest Industries. Silsbee is
the largest city and principal commercial center in Hardin County.
The Silsbee Little Theater is one of the best known amateur theaters
in Southwest Texas. Excellent city parks include tennis and basketball
courts, picnic areas and playgrounds. Excellent hunting and fishing
in the immediate area.
The Cultural Center is located in an old ice house has a small
museum on county history as well as a gift shop and meeting rooms.
ROY E. LARSEN SANDYLAND SANCTUARY
TIMBER RIDGE TOURS
VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK
- ROY E. LARSEN SANDYLAND SANCTUARY
- A Texas Nature Conservancy Preserve of 2,138 acres. It exhibits
a curious intermingling of forest and wetland communities. Of
special interest is area of sandy lands where desert plants such
as prickly pear cactus and yucca are found with longleaf pines
and drought resistant oak. Rare orchids and carnivorous plants
grow here among acid loving ferns and sphagnum moss.
- Village Creek flow 8 miles through the Sanctuary providing
an enjoyable canoeing experience. Contact preserve manager for
information on canoe trail.. Sandylands Nature Trail is open daily
from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. located 4 miles west on Texas 327. Call 409-385-4135
- TIMBER RIDGE TOURS - Guides/outfitters
offer 1.5 hour Neches River boat rides exploring the Big Thicket
biosphere, introducing forests, swamps, flowers, mammals, reptiles,
and birds that inhabit the dense preserve. Weekends at 1,3, and
5 p.m. from April through September. Boat rides depart from public
boat ramp on U.S. 96 at the Neches River. Also custom, charter
excursions for fishing, camping, nature hiking, and historical
tours, are offered from February 15 through November 15th. Call
409-246-3107 for additional information.
- VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK - Named
for the 63-mile long creek which flows through the heart of the
Big Thicket. The stream is renowned as a float stream, and several
canoe outfitters in the area can arrange for a tour to float down
the creek. The densely forested park includes softwood and hardwood
trees, providing habitat to abundant wildlife. It's an excellent
site for birding: some 64 species of birds have been seen during
a one-day baseline survey. RV hookup sites, picnic sites, playground,
hiking trails, and shower/rest rooms are available. South of the
city of Lumberton; on Alma Drive. For information call (409) 755-7322.
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