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“Pitcher plants in full bloom”

Big Thicket National Preserve
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Kountze
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Big Thicket National Preserve, part of the National Park Service, offers 40 miles of hiking trails. You can go birding in spring or fall. Rent canoes or kayaks to explore the lakes and bayous. Big Thicket has hunting part of the year, off-road biking the rest of the year.
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We did 2 walks and one hike while here for a weekend. The Sundew trail was under construction so we couldn't walk the whole thing, but there were multiple other flowers in bloom so it wS still nice. The Pitcher Plant trail was fabulous, the yellow trumpet flowers were in full bloom, very strange looking flowers indeed. Was a very peaceful trail. We did the Woodland Trail as well. It was a rainy day and no one else was on the trail, that in itself was great. The trail was very wet and muddy, but we still enjoyed the solitude. Saw a raccoon and enjoyed the stretch of trail along the creek. We will be back to explore more of Big Thicket.

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I have visited the Big Thicket National Preserve and highly recommend for everyone. There is a lot of history behind this area and you can walk many different trails and experience lush forest and wildlife. Differently worth the the time visit and experience for all ages. The visitor center has numerous interactive exhibits and video and park rangers will be happy to answer any questions you might have. The small fee to take the at your leisure tour is well worth it.

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Reviewed 22 April 2013

For those who love nature, the Big Thicket National Preserve is a beautiful, special place. We went to the Pitcher Plant trail and amazing pitcher plants with other flowers. The visitor's center has some excellent educational displays and the young man who was there was very knowledgeable and helpful.

4  Thank austingypsy
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

As retired biologists and forest preserve volunteers at home we are interested in biological diversity so found Big Thicket trails near Lumberton-Kountze extremely interesting. This early in the season (early April) no ticks or mosquitos.

Turkey Creek Unit-Kirby Trail and Pitcher Plant Trail: Highlights of the trip. The ranger at the Visitor Center north of Kountze recommended the Pitcher Plant Trail. It had been burned 6 weeks prior and now was a sea of yellow sunny bells dotted with new spikes of pitcher plants up to 2 feet tall with occasional blossoms. A boardwalk kept our feet dry and the bog safe from human trampling. Gorgeous in the filtered light of approaching storm with cricket and tree frogs calling. So beautiful that we returned the next morning to see the bog under sunny skies. Now chorus frogs calling dominated and we even saw a few mating. The hike continued into the upland forest which very open since the undergrowth had been cleared by the recent burning. We continued our search for carnivorous plants at Sundew Trail. We eventually found the sundews but there were only a few and very small. The boardwalk through the bog also had pitcher plants and sunny bells but not as dramatically as Pitcher Plant Trail this year. Kirby Trail was our favorite trail as it looped through magnificent examples of different plant communities with boardwalks and bridges as needed and occasional benches. Signs provided info about major trees in these communities, as well as a brochure available at the nature center or trailhead (please return!)

If you want a more intimate feel of the Big Thicket, try the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary part of the Big Thicket which is valuable for its preservation of varied habitats in small area. There is a short nature trail through the (sandy) longleaf upland community. We also hiked the nearby River Trail. This had a few nice views of the river, however the trail never descends to the river level. Mostly one gets a feel for what "Big Thicket" means as the narrow trail (sometimes hardly more than animal track) twisted through the shrubs and some wet areas with only small logs to keep hikers out of the muck. Wear waterproof boots if it has rained recently! Although small, the trail was recently well blazed. Highway and heavy equipment noise from near the entrance was disturbing loud the entire length of the river trail (perhaps due to weekday and wind direction). We did not hike the trail that led further north to the pond. Birding, amphibian and reptile, and mammal checklists available at the trailhead were unexpected bonus.

Since the Big Thicket Preserve covers a large area, note that the Village Creek State park is a convenient base for the trails mentioned here. It also has trails well maintained trails through diverse habitats.

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Reviewed 18 April 2013

What an easy way to get in touch with nature! My husband and I enjoyed a picnic near the visitors center and then took a relaxing hike. We are looking forward to trying other trails in the future.

4  Thank DebstheOne
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