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Kountze, Texas

Kountze was established as a railroad town in 1881. It is the 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 Preserve.

Indian Springs Camp offers guided canoe tours as well as camping facilities, including an RV park.

Be sure to check out the Big Thicket Smokehouse and Craft Corral. In a room that used to be a washateria, it now features an arts and crafts shop in a re-created frontier sawmill town. Replicas of a jail, general store, a doctor's office, barbershop, trading post, saloon, hotel, and church give visitors an idea of what the Big Thicket used to be like.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Kirby-Hill House Museum

Built in 1902 by timber tycoon John Henry Kirby for his brother James. The house was occupied by his family for 85 years. The mansion is now owned by the Hardin County Arts and Educational Foundation and features furnishings, photos, papers, and artifacts dating back to 1832

Kountze, TX Museums



Big Thicket Information Station

Details about the Big Thicket National Preserve, interpretive panels, information on trails and boating. Hiking trails of various lengths have interpretive panels at several locations. 7 mi. north of Kountze on F.M. 420

Kountze, TX Information Centers

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. From Kountze, Texas 326 south 13 mi.; F.M. 421 east 1.2

Kountze, TX Museums

Things to do near Kountze, TX

Village Creek State Park

Named for the 63-mile long creek which flows through the heart of the Big Thicket. Stream is renowned as a float stream, and ...

Houstan County Lake Camping/Parks

Crockett Family Resort From Loop 304 on the northwest side of Crockett, take FM 229 approximately 7 miles west, and turn r...

Scenic Drives

Beautiful hill, forest and lake scenery both north and south on U.S. 69; also along F.M. 747 and F.M. 2138 (neither shown on ...

Discovery Place

Rotating displays geared for children, but adults enjoy, too!...

Woodlands Resort & Country Club, The -King / General

Course Access: ResortHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...